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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Van Buren lowlife picks up fourth charge of driving while intoxicated

A Van Buren man with a long history of driving while drunk -- with or without a license -- wrote another chapter in his inexcusable history when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated by the Fort Smith Police Department on Sunday.

The arrest marks the fourth time since 2014 that Manuel Angel Gonzalez, 35, has been arrested for DWI and related offenses. On his third offense in 2017 he plead guilty to driving on a suspended license while intoxicated and had charges dropped for improper lane change and for refusal to submit to a chemical test.

He served fourteen whole days on electronic monitoring for that conviction.

The stop and arrest for drunk driving previous to the 2017 incident occurred in December of 2014. That was another 14-day sentence, but that time he was given credit for serving his time concurrently in a Minnesota jail for an unknown conviction. A reckless driving citation was dismissed in that incident as well.

As of 8:15 p.m. Sunday night, Gonzalez remained behind bars. But don't expect it to last very long.

Keep your eye on Today in Fort Smith for the a future report when this scumbag kills one of your friends or family members in a head-on collision.

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