Employee Charged with DWI in Senior Center Car Crash

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CABOT, Ark. — A Cabot Senior Center employee was arrested and charged with a DWI while driving a company car. 

According to police Mike Hansen crashed a car owned by the Lonoke County Council on Aging, which runs the center, and then tried to flee the scene. The crash happened on Locust Street in Cabot near Northside Elementary, but no students were there since it was a Saturday.

Police records show Hansen was the only one in the car that day. According to responding officers, Hansen failed a series of 3 field sobriety tests and blew a .2 on a breathalyzer, which is more than double the legal limit. 

“It concerns me,” said Marcelene Weatherly, who has been going to the center every week for the past 5 years.  “I trust Mike. I mean I consider him a good friend and I think he’s a good driver. He has driven our bus some.”

It’s unclear if Hansen is still driving company cars. The Senior Center website lists Hansen as the Assistant Director. FOX 16 stopped at Hansen’s home but no one answered. FOX 16 also reached out to the Lonoke County Council on Aging but hasn’t heard back. 

Without many answers, Weatherly says she’s refusing to let this put the brakes on her weekly routine. 

“I don’t have anything bad to say about Mike. I think he’s a nice guy and I trust his driving,” she said. “I don’t think its something that happens regularly.”

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