Mayflower Police Chief Billy Paul Baker was booked into Faulkner County Jail about 10 a.m. Monday, according to intake records from Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office.
Baker is charged with tampering with a public record, a Class D felony that is punishable by up to six years in prison.
Baker reportedly arrived at the detention center with a bondsman, and according to intake records, spent a total of nine minutes in booking before being released on $2,500 bond.
The charge stems from inconsistent statements Baker gave to officials from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (CLEST) and contradicting statements made by some of the officers about a training class that may not have even happened.
The class in question is radar certification, which allows police officers to monitor roads and drivers. The evidence used from the radar gun detection is used in issuing tickets. If the class was never given and the seven officers did not officially receive certification, all speeding tickets issued since November 2011 could be contested.