Former state senator takes plea deal in DWI case

The Conway Police Department arrested former state Sen. Gilbert Baker around 9 p.m. August 26th on a DWI charge. (Photo: Faulkner County Sheriff's Office)

Former State Senator Gilbert Baker will spend just one day in jail after pleading guilty on Tuesday to a DWI charge following a drunk driving arrest in Conway back in August.

Chuck Clawson, Conway city attorney, said Baker was initially charged with driving left of center, DWI 1st offense and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Upon Baker’s guilty plea, the driving left of center charge was voluntarily dropped, according to Clawson.

Baker was ordered to pay $1,000 in court fees and fines for his DWI charge and sentenced to two days in the Faulkner County Detention Center.

Baker will only have to serve one day in jail because he received credit for the day he spent in jail the night he was arrested, according to Clawson. The former state representative will have 30 days to complete the remainder of his sentence.

Baker was also fined $225 for his refusal to submit to a chemical test.

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