EXCLUSIVE: ASP dashcam video captured police officer arrested for DWI

“You’re smoking on that cigarette like you’re one of the criminals.”
Updated: Mar. 16, 2021 at 12:58 PM CDT
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BATESVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - Exclusive video obtained from Arkansas State Police show what happened the night a Batesville police officer was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

According to documents obtained from ASP, a trooper stopped 34-year-old Rick Anthony King of Batesville just after 11 p.m. Friday, March 12, on U.S. Highway 167.

King was southbound in a 2018 silver Jeep Wrangler, driving 64 miles per hour in a 35 mph speed zone, the citation stated.

Dashcam video obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request shows the trooper, who was northbound, make a U-turn and speed up to stop the Jeep.

As the trooper approaches the driver’s side window, he recognizes King who begins by apologizing: “Sorry, buddy. I was speeding, I know.”

When the trooper asked if he had been drinking, King said he had not but claimed his female passenger had.

“Put your cigarette out for me. You know the drill,” the trooper said. “Your eyes are a little bloodshot. You ain’t had nothing to drink?”

“I...I had a beer,” King says.

At that point, the trooper asks King to get out and step to the back of his vehicle.

“You’re smoking on that cigarette like you’re one of the criminals,” the trooper says as King gets out of the Jeep.

After King refused to submit to a standardized field sobriety test, the trooper cited him with the following:

  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Refusal to submit to chemical test
  • Driving vehicle without tags
  • No liability insurance
  • Speeding-more than 15 mph over the limit
  • Open container containing alcohol in a motor vehicle

Police Chief Alan Cockrill said he is aware of the allegations and has requested all of the information and charges from ASP.

So far, he has not received anything pertaining to the case, including the dashcam video.

Cockrill did release a statement to Region 8 News Monday afternoon, saying in part:

King was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court on April 28.

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