Former public defender arrested for DUI twice in one day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A former public defender was arrested for DUI twice in one day in Crittenden County, Arkansas over the weekend.

The Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office said it started on Saturday around 1:35 p.m. when deputies responded to a call of a reckless driver in a white Chevrolet van. Deputies found the vehicle, driven by Bryan Donaldson.

Donaldson was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with refusal after he refused to submit to the BAC at the detention facility.

He was bonded out and released after 5 p.m.

Man convicted of decapitating roommate after body found in suitcase

The sheriff’s office said hours later, deputies responded to a call about a pickup truck in a ditch on Highway 218.

When they arrived, they discovered the truck sitting in the roadway on the wrong side of the road and Donaldson in the driver’s seat slumped over the steering wheel. The vehicle was also running and in drive.

Donaldson was arrested again for driving under the influence and refused to submit to the BAC.

He was released from custody the next day around 2:30 p.m.

Four indicted in West Memphis sex trafficking case

Donaldson was one of four people indicted in a human trafficking case in 2021. He previously worked as a public defender for the Crittenden County Public Defender’s Office.

That case stemmed from a 17-year-old girl walking around the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter in West Memphis asking for help.

She told detectives she was from Phoenix, Arizona, and had been brought to West Memphis to work as a prostitute and had been sexually assaulted.

WREG reached out to the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office for more information about Donaldson’s arrests, we’re waiting to hear back.

For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to