At 4:25 a.m. on Saturday, August 27th, Gilbert Baker was pulled over by a Conway police officer that suspected he might be driving under the influence of alcohol. Baker had been cruising down the road to the left of the center lane and, when stopped, would not subject himself to a breath test. As a result, he was charged with DWI, driving left of the center lane, and resisting a blood-alcohol test.
You may know Gilbert Baker as a former Arkansas state senator and a hopeful for the U.S. Senate seat. He was a member of the State Senate from 2001 to 2013 and lost the race for the U.S. Senate in 2010. During his time as a State Senator, Baker took firm stances on the sale of alcohol in his district. Although Conway now allows some eateries to sell alcohol with their food, at the time he was in office, Baker rejected other private clubs’ attempts to obtain liquor permits. Faulkner County still does not allow the sale of alcoholic beverages to the public, despite the fact that a handful of restaurants now serve alcoholic drinks within their establishments.
After his time in the State Senate, Baker briefly served as a lobbyist for the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), but after being involved in a scandal in which he was accused of participating in a federal bribery scheme with former Circuit Judge Michael Maggio, Baker resigned his post there. However, he continues to teach as an assistant professor of music at UCA.
After his early-morning arrest on Saturday, Baker spent only a few hours in prison before being released on a bail of $1,395. When local news outlet Arkansas Online attempted to reach Baker for comment, the message was not returned. Likewise, Baker’s former attorney Bud Cummins declined to comment on the matter.
When it comes to DWI first offense defense, offenders do have the opportunity to reduce their punishment. Most of the time, offenders will need the assistance of a legal professional to do this.