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County employee arrested for DWI while in one-ton truck

Christopher Arzola (Source: Greene County Jail) Christopher Arzola (Source: Greene County Jail)
PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

 An employee with the Greene County Road Department was ordered to spend a month in jail for his second DWI offense, according to documents filed in Greene County District Court.

Court documents stated that Christopher Arzola was arrested by Paragould Police Officer Jason Boling on Friday morning. According to police, Arzola was spotted in a road department vehicle before 10:30 a.m.

Greene County Sheriff Dan Langston told Region 8 News that Arzola had a blood alcohol content level of .27, more than three times the legal limit. Arzola also failed a field sobriety test.

Langston said Arzola was sitting in the driver's seat of a one-ton truck while the engine was running. Langston told Region 8 News that he believes Arzola had been driving. Arzola also had a cold beer between his legs, according to Langston.

Arzola has since been suspended without pay, according to Greene County Judge Jerry Shipman.

According to Langston, Arzola took scrap material from the Greene County Road Department and went to a recycling facility, where he got $77 in cash.

Langston believes Arzola purchased a 12-pack of beer and cigarettes with the money he received from the recycling facility. Langston said officers recovered $62 in cash, nine Natural Light beer cans and a pack of cigarettes from the vehicle.

Tuesday, Arzola waived his right to an attorney and plead guilty to DWI 2.

He was given 180 days in jail, with 150 days suspended and credit for four days already served. He was also ordered 12 month supervised probation and he was ordered to undergo counseling.

Shipman told Region 8 News that Arzola, a welder for the road department, has a drinking problem. Shipman said once Arzola finishes his rehabilitation, he would get his job back. Arzola has been employed by Greene County since July 2, 2012.

According to Shipman, Arzola had permission to be in the vehicle. Shipman said he is following the employee handbook to discipline Arzola.

Langston said Shipman paid $15.10 to the county treasurer to clear up the balance of the money officers confiscated. Langston handed over $62 in recovered money to the county treasurer.

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