Alice Walton, the 2nd richest American woman (sister Christy Walton is $4.5 billion richer), spent part of her 62nd birthday in jail last month, after she was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The incident was reported by the Weatherford (TX) Democrat on Oct. 13.
According to state troopers on the scene, Ms. Walton was stopped for a traffic violation, appeared to be intoxicated, refused a breath test, and was summarily taken to the Parker County (TX) Jail, where she had her picture taken.
Yup, she’s 5’6″ all right.
According to jail records, Walton was placed into a jail cell just after 11 p.m. Friday. It was not reported who bailed her out for $1,000, around 8:40 a.m. Saturday.
A 2004 Fortune Magazine profile of the Walton Family reveals that in 1989 Alice Walton struck and killed a woman while driving to work. She did not face any charges for that incident. However, in 1998 she was also convicted for a DWI violation. At that time her net worth was listed at “only” $6.3 billion, compared to her present worth of $20.9 billion.
While not driving shit-faced at high speeds, Ms. Walton has found time to be the driving force and funding source for Crystal Bridges, which opens November 11.
Crystal Bridges could very possibly push Alice Walton’s driving problems out of the spotlight. It was described by the Wahsington Post as A world-class museum from the land of Wal-Mart.