Attorney: Wal-Mart heiress regrets DWI charge

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — A lawyer for Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton says she “accepts full responsibility” for a drunken driving charge that landed her in a North Texas jail last week.

Walton was returning to her Parker County home after a birthday dinner in Fort Worth on Friday night when a state trooper pulled her over, attorney Dee J. Kelly said. It was Walton’s 62nd birthday.

The daughter of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton was driving 71 mph in a 55-mph construction zone on Interstate 20, Kelly said. The attorney provided a statement to the Weatherford Democrat (http://bit.ly/nhSKGr). A phone message was left with Kelly by The Associated Press on Thursday.

Walton failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test, trooper Gary Rozzell said.

She was released from jail Saturday.

Walton was convicted of DWI in an Arkansas municipal court in 1998 after she drove her sport-utility vehicle off a road in Springdale and crashed. According to court records, a test administered at a hospital where Walton was taken after the crash showed she had a blood-alcohol level of .16.

A judge ordered her to perform 28 hours of community service, which she completed at the Jones Center for Children and Families. Walton also had to pay $925 in fines and court costs.

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