Woman broken down in drive-thru arrested for felony DWI, 4th offense

Whitney Lauren Stapp (Submitted photo)
Whitney Lauren Stapp (Submitted photo)

A Hot Springs woman was arrested on a felony count of driving while intoxicated Thursday after her vehicle broke down in the drive-thru of a local grocery store's pharmacy.

Whitney Lauren Stapp, 36, who lists a Donnie Court address, was taken into custody shortly before 2 p.m. at Kroger, 215 Airport Road, and charged with DWI, fourth offense, punishable by up to six years in prison. She was being held on a $2,500 bond and was set to appear Friday in Garland County District Court and must have an alcohol monitor before being released.

According to court records, Thursday's arrest is classified as her fourth, but her sixth offense lifetime. She was previously convicted of DWI, first offense, on Oct. 25, 2006; DWI, third offense, on Nov. 3, 2010; DWI, first offense, on July 25, 2018; and DWI, third offense, on Sept. 27, 2022, all in Hot Springs.

Stapp was also previously convicted on June 14, 2011, of possession of a controlled substance, meth, and sentenced to three years' supervised probation, and on Dec. 3, 2013, of robbery and sentenced to 10 years in prison, then later paroled, both in Garland County. The robbery conviction stemmed from an incident on May 10, 2013, where she was shoplifting items and pepper sprayed a store security officer who tried to stop her.

According to the probable cause affidavit on Thursday's arrest, Hot Springs police Officer Alex Lee responded to Kroger regarding a vehicle broken down in the store's pharmacy drive-thru and made contact with Stapp, who was in the driver's seat and "in control of the vehicle."

While speaking with Stapp, Lee noted she had "bloodshot watery eyes" and an odor of intoxicants coming from her person. He also saw Stapp had an interlock device installed in her vehicle. He asked her if she had any alcoholic beverages that day, and she allegedly replied yes, but it was earlier that morning around 7 a.m.

Stapp reportedly agreed to submit to field sobriety tests and allegedly failed all three tests. She also reportedly agreed to a portable breath test that registered her blood alcohol content at 0.108%, which is over the legal limit. She was taken into custody and taken to the jail where she submitted to a second BAC test which reportedly registered her at 0.107%.

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