Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Morning News reports that developer was arrested again on suspicion of drunken driving

The Morning News

Local News for Northwest Arkansas

Police Again Arrest Developer For Drunken Driving

FAYETTEVILLE -- Developer Brandon L. Barber was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of driving drunk.

After Barber's arrest, police discovered he has two felony warrants in Las Vegas.

Barber, 32, of 3122 E. Township St. was charged in Las Vegas on Sept. 10 for theft and insufficient funds, said Officer Jay Rivera, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department spokesman.
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Rivera wouldn't release details of the charges saying they were part of an ongoing investigation. Theft is defined in Nevada as unlawfully taking money or goods worth more than $250, he said.

The combination of the two charges usually means the suspect is accused of writing a check or entering into a contract worth more than $250 without the money to cover the expense, Rivera said. The two charges each carry penalties of at least one year in jail and a $1,000 fine, he said.

Barber's drunken driving arrest by Fayetteville police Thursday is the second since September 2006.

He was arrested about 5 a.m. at 3901 N. College Ave. for several motor vehicle violations. Police said his white BMW was stopped in the intersection of North College Avenue and Joyce Boulevard, blocking northbound traffic.

Barber failed a sobriety test then refused a blood alcohol test at the Washington County Detention Center, police said.

Barber, the sole owner of Lynnkohn LLC, filed in August for reorganization bankruptcy. The company's secured debts total $25.36 million, with Legacy National Bank holding an $18.72 million claim against the Legacy Building in downtown Fayetteville, a high-end condominium.

The bank foreclosed on the property, but the sale was stopped by Barber's bankruptcy filing. Four other banks also have claims against Barber that are tied up in the court proceeding.

Barber has repeatedly declined to comment on the bankruptcy and was unavailable Thursday for comment about the criminal charges against him.

He was released from the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday morning. Bond was $1,835.

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