McDaniel Wades into Investigation of Ike Gas Spikes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office is investigating thousands of complaints of price gouging at the pump and is likely to issue subpoenas to some gas retailers.

Gabe Holmstrom, a spokesman for McDaniel, says the attorney general's office received more than 2,000 calls complaining about high gas prices over the weekend. Holmstrom said that the office also received more than 1,300 e-mails and text messages at an address set up specifically to track potential price gouging because of Hurricane Ike.

Holmstrom says it's likely that subpoenas will be issued.

The average price for a gallon of gas in Arkansas is $3.90, up 32 cents from a month ago and above the national average of $3.84.

Gas prices in the state spiked as Hurricane Ike approached the Texas coast last week, and Governor Mike Beebe declared an emergency so the state can investigate reports of price gouging at gas stations.

The AAA says that among the state's metropolitan areas, Pine Bluff had the priciest gas Monday, at $4.01 a gallon - setting a record for that city. Little Rock averaged $3.95 for a gallon of unleaded gas, while Fort Smith was at $3.85, Texarkana averaged $3.83 and Fayetteville-Springdale Rogers was at $3.82.  The average price in Jonesboro today is $3.99(9).

Arkansas' statewide record for the highest price for a gallon of gas is $3.97, set in July.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)