Flippin Mayor has been found guilty for DWI-Drug charges.
J.J. Hudson was found guilty of misdemeanor DWI-drugs stemming from a two-vehicle accident that occurred November 23rd in Flippin. Hudson, who had waived his right to an attorney, last week pled no contest to the charge of DWI-drugs. A misdemeanor count of failure to yield was nol prossed.
Hudson was sentenced to 10 days in jail with nine days suspended and he was given one day credit for time spent in jail the day of his arrest. District Judge Jason Duffy ordered Hudson to pay $800 in fines, fees and court costs.
Hudson was arrested by Arkansas State Police Corporal Matt Sheley after the Flippin Police Department requested help in investigating the non-injury accident that occurred at the intersection of Highway 178 and Airport Road.
At the time of the accident, a State Police spokesman said the DWI-drugs charge did not necessarily mean illegal drugs, noting driving under the influence--drugs can involve a person driving under the influence of prescription medication. Hudson said at the time he had the flu and had been taking medication.
This incident marked the second time the Flippin mayor has appeared in court on misdemeanor charges. More than a year ago he was charged with public intoxication and battery in the third degree following an altercation at an apartment complex in Flippin.
That case was heard last March in Marion County District Court and Hudson, in a plea agreement, pled guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and the public intoxication charge was dismissed.