Report of reckless driver on interstate leads to felony DWI arrest


A report of a reckless driver on Intertstate 530 Sunday night resulted in the arrest of a Pine Bluff man for felony DWI.

According to the Arkansas Crime Information Center database, Aaron Dorn, 32, had previously been convicted of three separate counts of DWI when he was arested by Arkansas State Trooper Kevin Helm.

A probable cause affidavit from Helm that was presented in Pine Bluff District Court Tuesday said Helm was given a description of the vehicle and a license plate number which did not match the registration information when he received the report at about 9:22 p.m.

Helm said in the affidavit he saw the suspect vehicle pulled over on the shoulder of the road near the 27 mile marker, then saw the driver, later identified as Dorn, pull away from the shoulder with his left hand turn signal on and enter the outside south bound lane. According to the affidavit, the vehicle was partially in the inside lane and partially in the outside lane, then drifted back to the shoulder before Helm activated his emergency lights and the vehicle pulled over.

The affidavit from Helm said he saw what appeared to be marijuana flakes in the vehicle and on Dorn’s clothing, and when he asked Dorn to step out of the vehicle, detected a strong odor of intoxicants on Dorn. A records check indicated that Dorn had a suspended driver’s license.

After Dorn failed a series of field sobriety tests, he was taken to the adult detention center for a breath alcohol test and according to the affidavit, he blew a .15. In Arkansas, a reading of .08 and above is considered legally intoxicated.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with fourth-offense DWI.