Police chief releases statement on officer accused of DWI


A patrolman with the Batesville Police Department was arrested over the weekend and charged with a DWI.

Monday afternoon, Batesville Police Chief Alan Cockrill released this statement regarding the incident:

On the weekend of March 13 and 14, Patrolman Rick King was stopped and charged with a DWI and other unknown charges. The Arkansas State Police made the stop and the Batesville Police Department is waiting for further details on the stop. The Trooper involved is currently on his days off and will complete the reports when he returns to work.

The Batesville Police Department has placed Patrolman King on administrative leave at this time until the reports are provided by the State Police. Patrolman King as any other citizen has the right to go to court and a judge to determine his guilt or innocence so further action will not be taken until the judicial system has ruled on the case.

Due to the incident, Patrolman King will not be allowed to patrol or operate City vehicles.

Chief Alan R. Cockrill

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  1. Guess he’ll be looking for a new job. Most ex-cons or Illegals work at Peco, so that’s always a possibility.

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