November 28, 2005 - 11:52 a.m. CST
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) _ Fort Smith city administrator Bill
Harding has been arrested for driving while intoxicated and leaving
the scene of an accident.
Officials say the 54-year-old Harding had two encounters with
police on Sunday morning.
A Fort Smith police officer pulled over Harding at about 7 a.m.
Sunday for driving left of center. The officer did not believe
Harding was intoxicated but took the keys to his truck and drove
Harding where he said he was heading -- to have breakfast with a
city official at a pancake house. The officer gave the keys to
Harding's breakfast partner, city council member Kenneth Pyle.
Four hours later, Harding hit a car parked near a church. Police
say Harding backed up, hit the car again, then drove around the
block and parked.
A field sobriety test performed at the scene showed Harding had
a blood-alcohol level at zero-point-two -- more than twice the
Arkansas legal limit.
The City Board is to have an executive session on Tuesday to
Harding has been city administrator in Fort Smith since 1998.