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State Rep. Finds Legal Way To Drink And Drive

If you or I get pulled over, fail a field sobriety test, and admit to drinking we're going to probably spend some time in jail. Colorado State Rep. Laura Bradford was in the same situation but used a few magic words that forced the police to let her go.


Bradford was pulled over last Wednesday around 10 P.M. after making an illegal turn. Cops noticed alcohol on her breath and was given a sobriety test, which she failed. But then there's Article 5, Section 16 of Colorado's constitution:

The members of the general assembly shall, in all cases except treason or felony, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the sessions of their respective houses, or any committees thereof, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either house, or any committees thereof, they shall not be questioned in any other place.


Bradford later said she was not intending to invoke the clause but rather just happened to bring up that she was coming from one legislative event and had to be at the capitol the next day (the event she was coming from was apparently happening at a local bar).

She actually might have a point. Police later admitted they gave her special treatment, including retrieving her gun from the car and putting her in a cab.

Apparently, as a State Rep. in Colorado you can't get arrested even if you want to be. As you can see above, Bradford apologized to the House and was suspended from chairing a committee.

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Yowen - not necessarily not spaghetti and meatballs

I've always wondered, if I were to think i am being pulled over for drinking driving, why not fill an empty bottle of vodka with a little bit of water, let the officer see me do it (with keys out of ignition) as he is walking up. How can anyone prove I was drinking and driving? Technically it could be considered public intoxication?

Not that I am considering this tactic, I prefer taking cabs when I've had too much, but I do love to find loopholes...