Tara Ward, who ran for Conway City Council but was defeated by incumbent Shelia Isby on Tuesday, was acquitted of DWI and found guilty of reckless driving and refusal to submit to a chemical test.
Ward was arrested shortly before 11 p.m. on Aug. 8 after being pulled over on Dave Ward Drive by the University of Central Arkansas Police Department.
The officer reported that Ward crossed the centerline several times before he pulled her over.
Ward told the officer she was trying to get her friend, who was in the passenger seat, home safe, according to his report.
“That’s the only reason why I’m doing what I’m doing right now,” she reportedly told the officer.
When the officer asked if they had been drinking, Ward said her passenger had been drinking and she also “had a few drinks,” the report stated.
After the officer arrested Ward on suspicion of DWI and took her to the detention center, he said she interrupted him several times when he tried to explain her rights to her.
“While I attempted to explain these rights to Ward, she stated she was not stupid and that she would not sign any of the papers that I had,” he wrote. “I then asked her if she would take the breathalyzer test, to which she stated she would not.”
Initially, Ward was charged with DWI, refusal to submit to a chemical test and careless driving. The careless driving charge was later amended to reckless driving, according to court documents.
Ward was found "not guilty by a directed verdict [due to] insufficient evidence to support a conviction," court records state.