Driver hauling oversized load allegedly had forged permit

An Arkansas Highway Police officer who stopped to check on an oversized load that was blocking the northbound lanes of U.S. 428/Arkansas Highway 81 on Monday morning arrested the driver of the vehicle after a state permit the driver produced was determined to be forged.

Officer John Clark said in a probable-cause affidavit the permit appeared to have had the date changed, and when he ran the number through the state computer system, he learned that the permit was not valid.

The driver of the tractor-trailer hauling the oversize load, Paul Weber, 63, told the officer he had been given the permit by his company.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth ruled Tuesday that prosecutors had probable cause to charge Weber with second-degree forgery.

At the request of Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer, who said Weber had no prior criminal record, Bridgforth set a $1,500 bond for Weber, who said he would hire his own attorney.

Weber also was cited for misdemeanor offenses including having an oversized load, overweight load and over-length load.