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Benton County jail lieutenant arrested for DWI driving county-issued vehicle

Derek Stamps, who was an employee with the Benton County Sheriff's Office, was arrested for a DWI while driving a county-issued vehicle.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A Benton County Sheriff's Office Jail Lieutenant has been fired after he was arrested for a DWI on Oct. 30 after leaving a wedding at Crystal Bridges, according to officials.

A press release from the Benton County Sheriff's Office said Derek Stamps was driving a county-issued unmarked vehicle at the time of his arrest.

According to Stamps's arrest documents, Crystal Bridges security reported Stamps, a guest at a wedding at the museum who had gotten into a fight in the parking lot earlier that night, seemed "heavily" intoxicated while leaving and getting into a vehicle marked as public property.

Stamps was arrested by a Bentonville police officer who passed the investigation off to another officer due to a conflict of interest having previously worked with Stamps at the sheriff's office.

The report states that Stamps had initially said he hadn't been drinking but then changed his story to say that he had only had beer that night. He did not pass a field sobriety test.

The vehicle was towed. In the inventory list, he had three pistols in the car, his badge, plate carrier, 40 mm rounds, a gas mask, a rifle magazine loaded and 9 mm ammo.

"Sheriff Holloway does not condone unlawful misconduct and holds employees to high standards," the statement says.

Jail records show that Stamps was arrested for a DWI and that it was his first offense. Once he was booked, he reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.15.

5NEWS will update this article with more information as it becomes available.

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