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December 4, 2013

What arrest?

Parker Co. resident and Walmart heiress Alice Walton has record of 2001 DWI arrest expunged from public files

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Billionaire Alice Walton’s DWI arrest in Weatherford two years ago was ordered expunged from her record following a Monday hearing in district court, the Associated Press reported.

Efforts by the Weatherford Democrat to confirm the civil action were not successful.

After the Parker County Attorney’s Office declined to file charges in court against Walton following her arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Oct. 7, 2011, and the two-year statute of limitations to prosecute the case expired, the Parker County resident requested the expunction.

Under Texas law, an expunction order requires information on the incident be removed from the criminal record and the arrested person can deny the arrest and existence of the expunction order.

Walton, who was stopped for speeding on Interstate 20 in Weatherford when a trooper reportedly noticed a strong smell of alcohol on her breath and signs of possible intoxication, refused to provide breath sample on scene and at the jail, according to DPS.

Walton was arrested on a charge of first offense DWI, a class B misdemeanor.

A DPS spokesman told the Democrat that Walton’s 1998 conviction for a DWI in Arkansas did not show up when her criminal history was checked at the time of her arrest.

Parker County Attorney John Forrest said he did not file the charge because the arresting officer was not available to testify.

According to DPS, Trooper Jeffrey Davis was suspended in February pending the outcome of an internal investigation involving allegations of misconduct. He remained suspended as of last week.

Walton was also involved in a crash that resulted in the death of a 50-year-old pedestrian in 1989, according to other news accounts.

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