Fort Smith City Administrator Arrested for DWI

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
discuss Harding.

Harding has been city administrator in Fort Smith since 1998.

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