New sobering center will offer police new option for alcohol-related offenders

If offenders volunteer to go to center, charges would be dropped.

By Alex Gladden
Fort Smith Times Record

Local officials are in the early stages of planning for a sobering center, a place officers could take people accused of low-level, alcohol-related offenses, instead of taking them to jail.

If they volunteer to go to the center — where they would stay until becoming sober — charges would be dropped, County Judge David Hudson said. A typical stay would last about 12 hours.

People suspected of committing felonies or driving cars or boats while intoxicated will not be eligible. Read more.

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