Thursday, June 13, 2019


Andera Jenkins, a Washington County Justice of the Peace and a teacher at Farmington Elementary School was arrested on June 12th on suspicion of DWI, according to court records.

Body camera footage of the incident is quite entertaining.

Jenkins' son was involved in a car accident at the intersection of Highway 62 and Butler Road at about 8 p.m. Prairie Grove police arrived and asked him for proof of insurance. He had his mother bring it to him.

When Jenkins arrived, an officer asked her about her son's insurance card. The officer noticed a "strong odor of intoxicants" when she began talking.

Jenkins told the officer she had two glasses of wine before driving to the accident.


Jenkins failed a field sobriety test, according to the preliminary police report form.

Jenkins can be heard on the officer's body camera saying the sheriff and the county judge are friends of hers and the officer should call them. She said the officer should let her family take her home.

She asked for the officer's name and said she would talk to the sheriff.

When the officer asked Jenkins to put her hands behind her back, she began yelling for her family to record the incident. The officer told her his body camera was recording the incident already. Jenkins began cursing and yelling and saying she had only driven there for her son.

The officer handcuffed her and put her in the back of the police car. On the way to the jail, she yelled and the officer "over and over" and said she had three glasses of wine and drove to the accident scene for her son.

At 10:29 p.m., a test showed Jenkins had a blood alcohol concentration of .17. That's above the .08 legal limit in Arkansas.

"It should be noted that Jenkins cursed and yelled for a majority of the time," the officer wrote in the report. "Often times she interrupted me during the field sobriety tests and rights form."

She told me multiple times that she was a teacher, school bus driver, and justice of the peace and I could have let her go," the officer wrote.

Jenkins was released at 5:52 a.m. today. Her next court date is scheduled for July 2nd.

Jenkins is a Democrat who represents Washington JP District 10. It comprises part of south Fayetteville and Farmington.

Jenkins was elected to the position in 2018. She defeated incumbent Robert Dennis with 2,215 votes to 2,185 votes.

Jenkins is also a 3rd grade teacher at Williams Elementary in Farmington.

She also drives a school bus. 

She probably won't be after this mess.