Sunflower Bank CEO gets arrested — again

Mollie Hale Carter, CEO of Sunflower Bank, faces two misdemeanors after getting arrested in New Mexico. This is the second arrest for Carter in the past year.


Sunflower Bank CEO Mollie Hale Carter faces two misdemeanors after getting arrested in New Mexico.

The police report states that an officer witnessed Carter texting and looking down while she was driving through Las Cruces, N.M., on Jan. 27. When the officer pulled her over, he discovered that her driver's license was suspended.

Carter was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors: driving on a suspended license and texting while driving. She was released after paying a $2,000 bond and has an arraignment scheduled for Feb. 20.

This is the second arrest for Carter in the past year. In April, she was arrested in Salina, Kan., for driving while intoxicated. She was sentenced to probation in June and was required to participate in a one-year DUI diversion program. The program ordered her to have an interlock device in her vehicle, which requires a driver to blow into a device that tests for alcohol before allowing the car to start.

Carter is a well-known Kansas businesswoman who has been the CEO of Sunflower Bank for the past 12 years. She also serves on the board of directors for Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc. and Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland Co.

She's currently leading Sunflower Bank through a merger with Strategic Growth Bancorp Inc., which is the El Paso, Texas, holding company for First National Bank of Santa Fe, Capital Bank and Guardian Mortgage Company Inc. The merger will double the size of the operation which will have $4 billion in assets and 60 offices in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Carter is set to become president, CEO and co-chair of the combined holding company for the new entity, and CEO of the combined bank.

Strategic Growth Bancorp has several bank branches in Las Cruces which would explain why Carter was there on business.

Sunflower Bank declined to comment on Carter's arrests, saying it is the bank's policy not to discuss the personal matters of its employees.


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