KARK's Drew Petrimoulx reports toda
y on police response to a call that involved City Director Kenneth Richardson,
On Sept. 2, officers responded to a call to what appeared to be a man passed out in a car parked in the middle of a street in Southwest Little Rock. It was Richardson. Officers said he seemed disoriented. A police spokesman told Channel 4 that officers didn't see or smell alcohol and didn't perform a sobriety test. They also didn't run a license check. Richardson's license was suspended after his conviction on a DWI charge and a charge of driving with a suspended license in January
, not his first traffic problem.
Police spokesman Steve McClanahan said officers at the scene were convinced Richardson was having seizures.
Richardson is well-known to police both from previous accidents and from his work on the city board in behalf of construction of the new police substation on 12th street. He told officers during the stop that he was meeting with the police union the next day. He was picked up by family member that night, KARK reported. He declined to talk with KARK, sending a text message that said he didn't want to discuss his health publicly. He didn't attend the agenda session Tuesday of the City Board.
A group that earlier pressed for Richardson's resignation from the board seems likely to re-emerge on the latest news, beginning with additional questions for police on whether the call was handled routinely.