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Cotton Plant Mayor Apologizes for DWI

He was charged with DWI, refusal to submit, speeding and littering.
COTTON PLANT, AR -- An Arkansas mayor charged with a DWI has issued an apology.

Ronnie Conley, mayor of Cotton Plant in Woodruff County, was arrested early Sunday morning and was released after posting a $1,750 bond.

He was charged with DWI, refusal to submit, speeding and littering. He is expected in court March 7.

Conley issued the following statement (for the entire statement, click the embedded link):

“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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