Yet another arrest has surfaced on Democratic Congressional Candidate Herb Rule, this one from 2009.
The charges were ultimately dismissed and on its own it might not even by newsworthy, but the narrative fits the pattern seen in the previous two DWI arrests in how Rule responds when confronted by police officers.
Least I get accused of lying again by the Rule campaign, let me give you the straight facts from the Little Rock Police Department Incident Report (obtained under a FOIA request.)
The arrest was on March 11, 2009 at the Pulaski County Courthouse and the charge against Mr. Rule was Obstruction of Government Operations. The charge was ultimately dismissed on December 9, 2009 as the state chose not to take it to trial.
Here is the narrative from the reporting LRPD Officer, Drew Talbert…
Officers were working off duty at court. The court security, Darwin Conales, approached officers and asked for assistance. Mr. Conales advised officers that a white male, later identified as Herbert Rule, was parked in the Judges spot and refused to move. Officers approached Mr. Rule and asked him for his ID. Mr. Rule said “NO.”
Officers went outside to get the license information and advised the court personnel to find other officers. At this point, Mr. Rule walked outside and officers asked Mr. Rule for his ID again. Mr. Rule said “I don’t have to give you anything.” and began to walk off. Officers then placed Mr. Rule in custody without incident.
Officers talked with court personnel, Glenna Spence and Connie Henson, they advised that Mr. Rule was being very rude and uncooperative. Mr. Conales advised that Mr. Rule refused to go through the metal detector or sign in.
Mr. Rule had a cut on his finger and refused medical.
Officers gave Mr. Rule a citation for Obstruction of Government Operations. Citation # 150597.
It is unknown how Mr. Rule received his injury.
Relevant or not relevant? I will let you decide.
UPDATE – Rule’s campaign manager Adam Fogleman sent along this response.
“This charge was related to a misunderstanding about a parking space. The prosecutor’s office determined not to pursue the matter,” said Fogleman.