Doralee Chandler, administrative director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control, whose duties include medical marijuana regulation, was ticketed last week for speeding and careless driving in the Interstate 630 construction zone. She received probation on the tickets today.
Court records indicate Highway Patrol Office Latonieo Lawson clocked Chandler about 1:25 p.m. May 28 driving 70 mph near John Barrow Road in a zone marked with a 50 mph speed limit. The narrative on Pulaski County court records says Chandler was going in and out of traffic between vehicles “attempting to blend into traffic.”
She was charged with a Class C misdemeanor for driving more than 15 mph over the limit and also charged with careless and prohibited driving. The citation for the second charge noted she was in a work zone with workers present.
Chandler has not responded to my e-mail seeking a comment. But the record for Pulaski County District Court, where Judge Wayne Gruber normally presides, indicates she pleaded guilty today and judgment was postponed. The record reflects she was given a probationary sentence and paid $100.
The court’s website details its first-offender probation program.
Probation is a special program for individuals who have had spotless or near spotless driving records in the past and seek to keep their driving record clean.
In order to qualify for the First Offender Program the following requirements must be met:
- No traffic tickets within the last three years.
- No probation in this court before.
- No DWI/DUI.
The First Offender Program consists of:
Attendance at a defensive driving school on a Saturday and costs $35.00.
Paying a $100.00 monitoring fee.
Receiving no moving violation tickets during a six-month probation period.
I’ve been unable to reach a court official, but the court docket indicates that “DDS,” presumably defensive driving school, was waived in Chandler’s case. She must report Nov. 26 on whether she successfully completed the probation.
Blogger Russ Racop posted a report about Chandler’s tickets on his blog last week. He noted her past candidacy for a judgeship.
Scott Hardin, a spokesman for the Department of Finance and Administration, which includes ABC, responded to my request for comment:
This is a traffic citation that is unrelated to Ms. Chandler’s role at the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.