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Kansas’ state senate majority leader called a police officer “donut boy” and said he could “take” him after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in mid-March, according to an affidavit from a Kansas Highway Patrol officer.
The new court documents, obtained by outlets including the Kansas City Star, the Topeka Capital-Journal, and WBIW shed more light on the charges against Sen. Gene Suellentrop, a Republican, who was arrested after driving the wrong way on the highway in the early hours of March 16.
The Shawnee County District Attorney’s office subsequently charged Suellentrop with fleeing and eluding police, a felony, two misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving, and two traffic violations for driving in excess of the speed limit and driving the wrong way.
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Suellentrop refused to be breathalyzed, but was administered a blood test that revealed he had a blood-alcohol level content of 0.17, over the legal limit of 0.08, law enforcement says.
Officer Austin Shepley reportedly wrote in the affidavit that Suellentrop’s vehicle barely missed two others while going 90 miles per hour the wrong way on an Interstate highway, per the Star.
After unsuccessful attempts to stop Suellentrop with spikes, law enforcement managed to pull Suellentrop over, with Sheply reportedly saying that he “looked back at me with a confused, frightened, blank stare.”
Shepley wrote that he immediately smelled alcohol after pulling over the vehicle, saying that Suellentrop “was not registering my commands or responding to them” and had noticeably watery eyes and slurred speech.
“All for going the wrong way,” Suellentrop told Shepley after being taken to a nearby state office building, before directing the “donut boy” insult …read more