LITTLE ROCK — Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker tested positive for methamphetamine after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated last month, a toxicology report released Wednesday shows.
Baker pleaded guilty Tuesday in Faulkner County District Court to charges of driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a chemical test and was sentenced to two days in jail, with credit for one day already served, and fined $1,225. The charges resulted from an Aug. 26 traffic stop in Conway.
The Republican from Conway refused a breath test, after which officers obtained a warrant to have two tubes of blood drawn from his arm. In addition to testing positive for methamphetamine, Baker was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.194 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, according to a toxicology report by the State Crime Lab.
Conway City Attorney Chuck Clawson said the Crime Lab provided him with the report on Wednesday morning, the day after Baker entered his pleas and was sentenced. He said having the report earlier would not have affected the case, because the charge of driving while intoxicated would still have applied.
“There’s no additional charge that can be filed. It’s DWI (first offense), and he received the usual punishment,” Clawson said.
Baker and his attorney, Frank Shaw, did not immediately respond Wednesday to requests for comment.
On Tuesday, Shaw released a statement by Baker saying he “made two serious mistakes” on the night of his arrest, one being his decision to drive after drinking alcohol and the other his “belligerent and disrespectful” behavior toward the officers who arrested him and booked him into jail.
Baker served in the state Senate from 2001-2013. He now teaches music at the University of Central Arkansas.