Parker County officials won’t pursue 2011 DWI case against Walton

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A 2011 drunken-driving case against Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton will not be pursued because the state highway trooper who arrested her has been suspended from his job and therefore cannot testify against her, officials said Tuesday.

Walton, 63, who lives on a ranch near Millsap in Parker County, is one of the richest women in the world with an estimated net worth of $26.3 billion, according to Forbes magazine.

Walton was pulled over on Oct. 7, 2011, on Interstate 20 at Farm Road 51. Texas Department of Public Safety officials said she failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.

On Tuesday, Parker County Attorney John Forrest said the two-year statute of limitations on the case, a class B misdemeanor, was set to expire on Oct. 7. Prosecutors learned that the arresting trooper, Jeffery Davis, will still be on suspension when the deadline is reached.

“We’re not proceeding because a witness in this case, a DPS trooper, is unavailable to testify,” Forrest said.

Forrest said he had no details about the trooper’s suspension.

Davis is suspended “pending the outcome of an internal investigation involving allegations of misconduct,” said Tom Vinger, a DPS spokesman in Austin.

Vinger said he had no further information except that the suspension began in February.

In March, on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people, Walton was16, the highest Texas resident on the list.

But Forrest said the heiress did not receive any special treatment.

“Our job is to seek justice,” he said. “We’re not here for witch hunt. If we have a witnesses to proceed, then we’re going to proceed.

“So, she’s going to be treated just like any individual would be treated.”

Walton’s lawyer, Dee Kelly Sr. of Fort Worth, said he was authorized to release only a brief statement: “Ms. Walton is pleased that the matter has been completely and correctly resolved without charges being filed.”

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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