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Former Prosecutor John Bujak is not the only one making legal waves in Canyon County, ID -- the kind you can't cover up.


ADA COUNTY -- According to the Ada County Sheriff's Department, Idaho State Senator John McGee was arrested and booked into the Ada County jail at 4:27 a.m. Sunday. McGee is charged with grand theft and driving under the influence.

Mcgee Mug Shot

According to Sgt. Carlos De Leon with the Ada County Sheriff, McGee began drinking at a Boise golf course at about 10 p.m. Saturday. McGee left the clubhouse just before 3 a.m. and came upon a Ford Excursion with the keys inside and a 20-foot travel trailer attached in the area near the Muir Woods Subdivision in southwest Boise. McGee drove off in the vehicle, which had the keys inside.

McGee tried to turn the vehicle and trailer around in a long driveway in the subdivision near Overland and Victory roads and Five Mile Road. The Excursion and travel trailer ended up jack-knifed in the driveway. Two kids in the home where McGee was attempting to turn the vehicle around watched him get out of the vehicle, walk up and down the street a few times, then get into the back of the Excursion and go to sleep.

Like most people who get DUIs, this probably isn't a first for such behavior. But Idaho's Republican Good Ol Boy network rubs elbows, giggles, and slaps each other on the back ...

They give a wink and problems go away.

But this adds insult to injury. McGee attempted to be a champion for legislation against dangerous drivers.

From the February 16, 2011 Idaho Press Tribune:

Caldwell Sen. John McGee says texting while driving is as dangerous as driving while drunk. ... He’s right.

Police officers can already charge someone with inattentive driving if they see erratic behavior on the road. But McGee has introduced a bill in the Legislature that would clarify to law enforcement that texting while driving simply is inattentive driving.

It might not seem like much of a difference, but McGee’s addendum would make it easier for police to write a ticket without having to wait until it’s too late. If the bill becomes law, an officer could write a ticket the minute he sees someone texting at the wheel. He wouldn’t have to wait until he sees the driver swerving all over the road.

Let's see if the Republican leadership can turn a blind eye to this one.

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