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story.lead_photo.caption The Benton County Sheriff's Office in Bentonville.

BENTONVILLE -- A Benton County sheriff's deputy was driving an unmarked county vehicle when he was arrested last week in connection with driving while intoxicated.

A Decatur police officer arrested Tou Meng Xiong after a report of someone driving into oncoming traffic and swerving all over the road, according to a police report.

Officer Stephen Grizzle stopped the car at 6:56 p.m. Nov. 25 after he saw it cross the center line, according to the report.

Xiong, 33, of Centerton told Grizzle he was driving that way because he was on his phone, according to the report.

Grizzle smelled an intoxicating odor coming from Xiong, who admitted he drank a few beers, according to the report. Grizzle gave Xiong a sobriety test at the scene.

A Benton County sheriff's deputy came and got the black sports utility vehicle Xiong was driving, according to the report.

Xiong was given a breath test at the Centerton Police Department. The test results were 0.10, according to the report. The legal limit in Arkansas is 0.08.

Decatur Police Chief Joe Savage said Xiong was cited for first offense driving while intoxicated and driving left of center. Savage said Xiong was released to Lt. Roy Brooks with the Sheriff's Office for the chain of command to deal with the situation.

Sgt. Shannon Jenkins, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, said Xiong submitted his resignation the day after his arrest. Xiong was hired in January 2012, Jenkins said.

Xiong was a detective in the criminal investigation division, Jenkins said.

Xiong's arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 8 in Benton County West District Court in Gentry.

NW News on 12/03/2019

Print Headline: Deputy resigns after DWI arrest

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