Parolee accused of fifth DWI


A Pine Bluff man who is on parole after being convicted of four separate charges of driving while intoxicated was arrested Thursday afternoon and is facing a fifth offense.

Mark Conner, 39, had three convictions in 2012 and a fourth in 2013 that resulted in him being sentenced to four years in prison, records at the prosecutor’s office indicate.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Larry Gailey of the Pine Bluff Police Department that was presented in District Court on Friday, police were sent to a reported accident Thursday at 1107 W. 11th Ave., and determined that Conner was driving one of the vehicles.

Conner appeared to be unsteady on his feet and Officer Andrea Cherry conducted a series of field sobriety tests on Conner, the affidavit said, adding that “Every step he (Conner) took was slow and labored, his eyes were glassy and reddened, and his speech was thick and slurred.”

A breath alcohol test was performed on Conner and resulted in a reading of 0.00 but Conner failed another test that indicated the presence of drugs in his system.

Because of the prior convictions, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 cash-only bond for Conner after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with fifth offense DWI.