Texas Drops DWI Charge Against Wal-Mart Heiress

Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013  |  Updated 10:34 AM CDT
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Texas Drops DWI Charge Against Wal-Mart Heiress

Parker County Sheriff's Department

Alice Walton, 62.

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Prosecutors in Texas have dropped a 2011 drunken driving citation against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. heiress Alice Walton.

Officials said Monday that the highway patrol officer who pulled over Walton has been suspended and won't be available to testify.

Parker County Prosecutor John Forest told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that his office had two years to pursue the case against Walton. But the trooper's suspension won't be over by the Oct. 7 deadline.

Forrest said the trooper is on paid leave. The suspension for alleged misconduct began in February.

Walton's attorney, Dee Kelly of Fort Worth, said the matter has been resolved without a formal charge being filed.

In 2011, a lawyer for Walton said the heiress "accepts full responsibility" for the charge.

Walton was driving 71 mph in a 55-mph construction zone on Interstate 20, Kelly said in 2011. Walton was cruising through a construction zone when the Texas Highway Patrol stopped her on a traffic violation at about 10 p.m. During the stop, it was determined that Walton was intoxicated, senior trooper Gary Rozzell told the Weatherford Democrat in 2011. She refused a breath test and was arrested and booked into the Parker County Jail.

The arrest came about a month before the opening of the Walton-backed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

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