Newsbrief: Arkansas Drug Czar Resigns After DWI Bust 11/22/02

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Arkansas' anti-drug director has resigned in the wake of his arrest for Driving While Intoxicated in the town of Johnson. Bill Hardin was arrested around midnight on November 15 while speeding down Main Street.

"I asked him to the rear of the vehicle, wanting to be sure it was him I was smelling because the odor was so strong," wrote arresting officer Billy Dunn in the arrest report submitted to the Washington County Jail where Hardin was booked. "He told me he had a few drinks during dinner and then went to a party where he had a few more drinks."

Hardin failed four field sobriety tests, according to the arrest report and blew .134 -- well above the alcohol limit -- in a Breathalyzer test, which are inadmissible in court under Arkansas law. "He was arrested for DWI and taken to my unit where he told me he worked for the governor of the state," Dunn wrote. "He was then transported to the Johnson PD where he refused to take the BAC Datamaster test to determine his blood alcohol content."

By the time Hardin got out of jail Monday, he was also out of a job. "Bill Hardin resigned this weekend as state drug director after being charged with driving while intoxicated," said a statement from Gov. Mike Huckabee's office. "The governor accepted his resignation. The governor said he was sorry about Mr. Hardin's situation and affirmed his support of Mr. Hardin personally, but he felt such a charge wasn't appropriate for someone in a leadership position in state government. The governor said it was especially damaging to the credibility of someone in a position such as the one held by Mr. Hardin. The resignation was effective immediately."

Huckabee appointed Hardin to the drug czar job in May 1998. His duties included devising and implementing Arkansas drug policy and acquiring federal grants for Arkansas drug task forces.

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