Jonesboro man arrested in central AR on 4th DWI

Jonesboro man arrested in central AR on 4th DWI

BENTON, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man was arrested in central Arkansas accused of driving while intoxicated for the fourth time and somehow bypassing an ignition interlock device.

Andrew Powell of Jonesboro was arrested Tuesday night after officers saw a vehicle going east on the North I-30 service road under the South Street overpass, which is designated as one-way for westbound traffic only, according to the Benton Police Department.

Powell was identified as the driver of the vehicle after officers were able to safely conduct a traffic stop.

Based on evidence and officer observations, Powell was arrested on suspicion of DWI, according to police. Powell was then booked into the Saline County Detention Facility.

Charges for Powell include DWI, fourth offense, wrong way on a one way, careless driving, drinking on the highway and tampering with an ignition interlock device.

Police explained in a news release the last charge comes from evidence suggesting a court-mandated ignition interlock device on Powell's vehicle had been bypassed.

The device is similar to a breathalyzer connected to a vehicle in order to prevent it from starting if a person has a blood alcohol concentration that is too high.

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