Kansas GOP leader Suellentrop ousted after threatening officer in DUI arrest
According to newly released information, Senator Gene Suellentrop insulted and challenged a state troop officer
Following the DUI arrest of Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop on March 16, the Kansas GOP removed him from his post.
It did so after Topeka, Kansas, WIBW requested affidavits of a search warrant and a likely cause for disclosure.
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Not only was Suellentrop's blood alcohol level twice the legal limit of 0.17, but he also called the arrest officer, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Austin Shepley, a "donut boy" and noted that the arrest was "anything for walking." wrong way “in the intoxication room, it says in the report.
Gene Suellentrop (CREDIT: SHAWNEE COUNTY JAIL / AP / SHUTTERSTOCK)
Judge Penny Moylan signed a search warrant to obtain a sample of Suellentrop's blood because he refused to take an alcohol test. Shepley reported that Suellentrop became "slightly aggressive in his tone," "looked me up and down and said he was competitive state sports in high school" and told the officer he could "take me."
Shepley noted that dispatch alerted officers to a white SUV driving the wrong direction and that "as the oncoming vehicle approached quickly, [he] narrowly missed the passing vehicle and turned on the outside shoulder." Officer Shepley next turned into the oncoming traffic to pursue Suellentrop, who was reaching speeds of up to 90 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone.
Police Car (Image credit: Getty)
Shepley reportedly drew his gun and ordered an unresponsive Suellentrop to park his alcohol-smelling car. Finally, along with two other Topeka officers, Shepley said that the driver of the SUV “looked at me with a confused, frightened, blank look. He did not register or respond to my commands. "
On Friday, by Greenwichtime, Suellentrop was relieved of his post by the Kansas GOP, although he was expected to remain majority leader until 2024. The closed voting was 22-4 and Senate President Ty Masterson said a new majority leader would be elected in late May. Deputy Majority Leader Larry Alley will continue to serve as incumbent majority leader, as he has since Suellentrop's arrest.
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Suellentrop remains a senator as only his constituents can either vote him out or attempt a recall. Kansas law also allows him to be removed from office because of a conviction of a crime, misconduct in office, or "failure to comply with statutory obligations".
People said Suellentrop is due to appear in court on June 3, and it is unclear whether he made a plea.
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