Walton records can never be erased

By Laurie Bennett

October 28, 2013 at 7:00am

Here’s an exercise in futility: Wal-Mart heir Alice Walton is asking that the record of her 2011 arrest in Texas for driving while intoxicated be expunged.

Walton was pulled over in 2011, while returning from celebrating her 62nd birthday with friends.

Charges were dropped earlier this month when the two-year statute of limitations ran out. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the prosecutor didn’t pursue the charge because the state trooper who arrested her is suspended for possible misconduct and unavailable to testify.

Alice Walton

But here’s the rub: The very request to erase the file brought news coverage across the country. Walton, 64, daughter of late Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, is worth an estimated $33.5 billion. Forbes ranks her No. 8 on its 400 richest Americans list.

Her every public action is part of the media record, if not the police record.

Maybe she’s just looking for a break on her car insurance.

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