Alice Walton, an heir to the Walmart fortune, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated after being stopped in Parker County – almost a week ago.
She was arrested on Oct. 7 – her 62nd birthday – after DPS Trooper Jeff Davis pulled her over in a construction zone on Interstate 20 at Farm Road 51.
With a net worth of almost $21 billion, Ms. Walton is ranked No. 10 on the Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans and 21st on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires.
Ms. Walton refused the trooper’s request for a breath test. Because the stop did not involve a fatal or serious wreck, a mandatory blood draw was not warranted, he said.
The traffic stop came at 10:22 p.m., and Parker County jail records show that Ms. Walton was booked in at 11:12 p.m. She was released more than nine hours later after posting a $1,000 bond on the misdemeanor charge.
“Ms. Walton was pulled over by a patrolman with the Department of Public Safety for driving 71 miles per hour in an unattended 55 miles per hour construction zone. She was returning home from a birthday dinner with friends at a Ft. Worth restaurant,” a statement from her attorney said.
She is the daughter of the late Walmart founder, Sam Walton, and lives on a ranch in the Millsap area, about 15 miles west of Weatherford.