Little River County man charged with alleged fifth DWI

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ASHDOWN, Ark. -- A Little River County man is facing a felony charge after he was arrested earlier this month for his alleged fifth DWI.

Vonderrick Hamilton, 39, of Wilton, Arkansas, was arrested March 5 following a traffic stop in Ashdown.

After stopping Hamilton and speaking to him, Ashdown Police Captain Zane Butler reported that Hamilton smelled heavily of alcohol and admitted to drinking a pint of vodka earlier that day, according to the arrest affidavit. Butler also described Hamilton as having slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

Hamilton's bail was set at $5,000, according to court records, and he bonded out of jail on March 7.

Hamilton has been convicted in Little River County District Court on four separate occasions for driving while intoxicated over the past 10 years, according to court records. In Arkansas, the fifth and any subsequent DWI charges are filed as felony offenses.

Hamilton was formerly charged with felony DWI in Little River County Circuit Court on March 23.

A Class U felony is punishable by three to 10 years in Arkansas Department of Corrections and a fine of between $900 and $5,000.

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