March 27, 2007 - Posted at 2:20 p.m. CDT, Updated at 4:05 p.m. CDT, Updated at 10:45 p.m. CDT
HARRISBURG, AR - Harrisburg Mayor Donnie "Buzzy" Faulkner is in trouble with the law, again.
Donnie Faulkner has been the Mayor of Harrisburg for a long time. But in his time serving the city, he's had his fair share of run-ins with the law. Last June, Mayor Faulkner served 2 stints in the Poinsett County Jail, both for contempt of court. In total, he served 35 days in jail, all while still being the Mayor of Harrisburg.
Just last week, Poinsett County Deputy's served him with a outstanding warrant from the Sherwood Police Department and cited him with a court date for violating the Arkansas Hot C
And just Monday night, Mayor Faulkner was picked up by another Poinsett County Deputy, this time on D.W.I. charges. Harrisburg resident Donald Nolen says he should be treated as any other citizen for breaking the law, regardless of his job as mayor of the town.
"If he got picked up for a DWI, he ought to have to take his medicine like everybody else. He's nobody special. If you're going to do the crime, do the time," says Donald Nolen.
On top of the D.W.I. charge, Faulkner was also charged with careless driving and refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test.
"It don't make you feed good, makes you kind of embarrassed," says Nolen.
Embarrassed, but one woman says she's still proud of what he's done as a Mayor of Harrisburg.
"I think he's done a good job as Mayor of Harrisburg. We've had some economic growth. We've had some new recreational areas, such as ball fields and he's just generally tried to improve the town," says Norette Underwood, another Harrisburg resident.