A Marion County man, 61-year-old Dale Mark Stikeleather of Flippin, appeared before a district court clerk in Marion County earlier this month and was described as argumentative, saying he wanted to appeal two prior DWI convictions.
According to the probable cause affidavit, when Stikeleather left, he was observed driving away as the sole occupant of his vehicle.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was immediately contacted by the prosecuting attorney’s office.
A traffic stop of Stikeleather’s vehicle was conducted on Fallen Ash Road by an Arkansas State Police trooper based on law enforcement’s knowledge of the Flippin man having a suspended license. The information was confirmed through the state’s crime information center database.
When advised to exit the vehicle, Stikeleather reportedly fled on foot and was arrested moments later and transported to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
It was discovered after the arrest that Stikeleather showed signs of impairment with a strong odor of intoxicants about his breath and person. He was observed to have red bloodshot eyes and difficulty maintaining his balance.
Stikeleather allegedly admitted to have been drinking the prior evening, saying he had consumed beer and vodka before going to bed around midnight.
It was confirmed the Flippin man has two previous DWI convictions in Marion County within the previous five years and a trial in 2021 in Boone County for DWI.
He was charged with felony DWI, fourth offense, and refusing to submit to a chemical test.
His bond was set at $10,000.