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    10:43 PM, Feb 17, 2014   |    comments
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    BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) - Brinkley Police say Cotton Plant Mayor Ronnie Conley was arrested by Arkansas State Police for driving while intoxicated.

    KAIT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1baUPpK) that Conley was arrested about 3 a.m. Sunday by an Arkansas State Police trooper and was released after posting $1,750 bond.

    A working phone number for Conley could not be immediately located and phone calls Sunday afternoon to the Cotton Plant mayor's office rang unanswered.

    Cotton Plant is a town of about 650 residents in Woodruff County about 80 miles east of Little Rock.

    In a statement from Mayor Ronnie C. Conley, he stated as follows;

    "I want to take this time to apologize for my arrest for Driving While Intoxicated on Sunday a.m., February, 16, 2014 on Highway 17. I do take this matter to be one of a serious nature. I do not take it lightly at all.

    There can be no anger directed at me, or disappointment in me, greater than my own. I am not a person who gives excuses nor will I give one now. This situation has caused a distraction to all the accomplishments that the City of Cotton Plant has made in the last seven years.

    I apologize, for the negative publicity that the City of Cotton Plant has endured and I am willing to take full responsibility for my actions. To that end, I plan to spend the rest of my time learning from this incident and earning back the respect of the Citizens of Cotton Plant, City Council, my family, and friends."


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