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Monday, Apr 15 2013 06:26 PM

D.A. files public drunkenness charges against local radio personality

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The Kern County District Attorney's office has formally charged longtime local talk radio maven Inga Barks with drunk and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

Barks, 45, a talk show host at KMJ AM 580 in Fresno, and a community columnist for The Californian, was arrested Feb. 27 at The Marketplace shopping center in southwest Bakersfield after police responded to reports of an unconscious woman.

After officers arrived, they noticed Barks was displaying signs of alcohol intoxication, a spokeswoman for the Bakersfield Police Department told The Californian following the arrest.

When officers asked for identification, Barks was uncooperative, the spokeswoman said.

Barks was arrested on charges of public intoxication and delaying or obstructing a peace officer. The D.A.'s office apparently elected not to move forward on the latter charge.

Last month, Barks said in an email to The Californian that she had had "an adverse reaction to meds," and that she was grateful she was not driving.

Barks' arraignment has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 3 in Kern County Superior Court.

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