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PRESS RELEASE: Hot Springs Police Officer Arrested For DWI – SEARCY COUNTY

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On Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at approximately 6:40 pm, Hot Springs Police Officer First Class Kenneth May was arrested for (1) one count of driving under the influence and (1) count of expired vehicle license in Searcy County, Arkansas.

Officer May was in an off-duty capacity and was operating a personal vehicle when stopped by a member of the Arkansas State Police for a traffic violation. According to the Searcy County Sheriff’s Department, May’s bond was set at $1,020.00 in which he posted with cash and is awaiting his initial court appearance at the Searcy County Courthouse on July 12th.

Effective immediately, Officer May has been placed on Administrative Leave with pay from the Hot Springs Police Department pending the outcome of the Internal Affairs investigation as well as the judicial proceedings. “Any arrest or allegation of criminal conduct by a law enforcement officer, regardless of their position or rank, is very serious and deserves a thorough examination of the facts by both Internal Affairs and the courts to ensure that due process is accomplished”.

Officer May had been serving in the Department’s Criminal Investigative Division.