Walmart Billionaire Charged with Drunken Driving

Alice Walton pulled over in Parker County

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013  |  Updated 10:34 AM CDT
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Walmart Billionaire Charged with DUI

Parker County Sheriff's Department

Alice Walton, 62.

A lawyer for Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton said she "accepts full responsibility" for a drunken-driving charge that landed her in the Parker County Jail jail last week.

Walmart heiress and billionaire Alice Walton was arrested Friday night, her 62nd birthday, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, the Weatherford Democrat reports.

Walton was returning to her Parker County home after a birthday dinner in Fort Worth when a state trooper pulled her over, attorney Dee J. Kelly said.

The daughter of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton was driving 71 mph in a 55-mph construction zone on Interstate 20, Kelly said. 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 paper. She refused a breath test and was arrested and booked into the Parker County Jail.

Walton, who is worth an estimated $21 billion, easily handled the $1,000 bail and was released before 9 a.m. Saturday.

Walton was convicted of DWI in an Arkansas municipal court in 1998 after she drove her sport-utility vehicle off a road in Springdale and crashed. According to court records, a test administered at a hospital where Walton was taken after the crash showed she had a blood-alcohol level of .16.

A judge ordered her to perform 28 hours of community service, which she completed at the Jones Center for Children and Families. Walton also had to pay $925 in fines and court costs.

According to the Weatherford Democrat, she was also reportedly involved in a fatal car crash in 1989.

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