Mayor fined in DWI, drug possession case

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Although he did not appear in person, the case against Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney was presented Friday to District Court Judge Marianne McBeth in Eureka Springs.

McKinney was arrested March 23 and was charged with DWI, speeding and possession of a controlled substance.

McKinney has been mayor of Berryville since 1991.

Berryville's long-time mayor had said a small amount of marijuana police found in his pickup during the stop wasn't his.

McBeth accepted the terms of a plea bargain arrangement worked out before trial by McKinney's attorney, Elizabeth Storey Bryan of Fayetteville, and Jenni Cook of the Carroll County Prosecutor's Office.

In doing so, McBeth said the terms of the plea were neither more nor less harsh than the average terms for such a case, McKinney's public role as Berryville mayor notwithstanding.

For the DWI, McKinney was given a $750 fine, $305 for court costs, and 10 days in jail with nine suspended and credit given for one day spent.

For the possession charge, McBeth gave McKinney a $1,000 fine with $700 suspended, plus $105 for court costs, plus 30 days in jail with 30 suspended.

The charge of driving 72 in a 55 was dismissed as part of the negotiated plea.

All suspended fines and jail time are subject to no similar occurrences within 12 months.

McKinney will have to undergo a mandatory alcohol screening through Ozark Guidance as part of the agreement.

McKinney will have to appear before McBeth in court Aug. 8 to formally receive the sentence, but the case is essentially finished.

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