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West Memphis officer charged with drunk driving

Steven McCorkle, photo courtesy Crittenden County Jail. Steven McCorkle, photo courtesy Crittenden County Jail.

(WMC-TV) – A West Memphis police officer is on the other side of the law after he was allegedly caught drinking and driving.

Arkansas State Police and Crittenden County officials refused to release the arrest report, so few specific details are available about the case.

However, it is known that a West Memphis officer was booked into the jail at 11:30 Saturday night.

Steven McCorkle has been charged with driving while intoxicated.

No one answered his door, but Vanessa Richmond says the arrest is uncharacteristic of her neighbor.

"Mr. Steve is a very good guy," she said. "He watches out for everybody and looks out for everybody. He's a real nice neighbor. I like him."

West Memphis Police Department officials say McCorkle resigned from the force Monday morning.

The department declined further comment.

"We take immediate action when anything happens," said Police Chief Donald Oakes in September. "You know we don't ignore anything."

Oakes' statement came after two other West Memphis police officers were arrested. One was pulled over by state troopers and charged with DWI.

McCorkle is also charged with disorderly conduct, refusing a breath test, speeding and not having insurance or brake lights.

"I hate that because he's a very good guy, nice neighbor and very mannerable," said Richmond.

Those personal traits matter not, say state troopers who are tasked with enforcing the rules of the road no matter who's behind the wheel.

McCorkle posted bond at 8:10 Sunday morning.

His attorney did not return a phone call seeking comment.

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