Man Granted Clemency by Huckabee Arrested on Second DWI Charge

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A repeat drunken driving offender whose sentence was commuted by Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has pleaded guilty to his second drunken driving charge since being paroled during Huckabee's time as governor.

Eugene Fields, 69, was sentenced to 14 days in the Sebastian County jail yesterday after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated and refusing a breath test.  Fields was arrested Friday night after a Fort Smith police officer saw him weaving in and out of his lane and nearly striking an oncoming vehicle.

Friday's arrest was Fields' second since he was granted clemency by Huckabee, who left office in January 2007 and is now seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

Huckabee commuted Fields' six-year prison sentence for fourth-offense DWI in April 2004, enabling his immediate release.  Fields would have been eligible for parole in June 2004.

In 2006, Fields was arrested in Barling and charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breath test.  Fields pleaded guilty to DWI that year.

Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for Huckabee's campaign, did not immediately return a call or an e-mail seeking comment Wednesday morning.  In 2006, Huckabee said he was disappointed with Fields' relapse.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)