Fayetteville deputy police chief arrested on suspicion of DWI

Fayetteville Deputy Chief Bradley Renfro (Fayetteville Police Department)

FAYETTEVILLE — The city’s deputy chief of police was arrested Wednesday for suspected driving while intoxicated, according to a news release from the Fayetteville Police Department.

Bradley Renfro, 51, of Fayetteville, was pulled over while driving a 2012 Dodge Ram truck at about 10:41 p.m. for a defective headlight by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police at Wedington Drive and Fieldstone Avenue in Fayetteville.

Renfro was later arrested in connection with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a chemical test and a defective headlight. He was released from the Washington County Detention Center on $1,105 bond at 3:48 a.m. Thursday, according to county jail records.

Renfro was placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation, according to the release. The Arkansas State Police is investigating the criminal offenses of the arrest.

Renfro was named deputy chief in December. He replaced Jamie Fields, who retired after over 29 years of service with the department and 33 total years as an employee of the city.

After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, Renfro’s 27-year law enforcement career began in March 1996 when he joined the Fayetteville Police Department.

Throughout his tenure, Renfro has served in various capacities within the department, including roles in both the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2004, during which time he led the day shift patrol and later joined the 4th Judicial District Drug Task Force in 2008.

In 2013, Renfro advanced to the position of lieutenant, initially overseeing the night shift patrol. He was subsequently transferred to the Special Operations Division, where he supervised multiple units including the Motor Unit and the Dickson Street Bike Unit, as well as the School Resource Officer Program. He was also responsible for coordinating numerous special events. Renfro’s promotion to captain came in June 2017, where he managed the Administration, Patrol, and Criminal Investigations Divisions.