State Lawmaker Suspended From Post After Traffic Citation

DENVER (CBS4)– State Rep. Laura Bradford has been suspended from her post as chairman of the House Local Government Committee after a traffic stop.

Bradford, a Republican representing Grand Junction, was pulled over the evening of Jan. 25 in the area of Colfax Avenue and Downing Street for an improper turn or lane change. Bradford had legislative license plates on her car.

Bradford admitted to the officer that she had been at a function that evening. The officer smelled alcohol and conducted a roadside sobriety test. An actual sobriety test, breathalizer or blood test, was not performed.

The officer called a police supervisor to the scene. Bradford was written a ticket for an improper lane change. She was not detained under a law that states lawmakers cannot be arrested, except for treason or felony, in going to or returning from legislative sessions or any other official legislative business.

Bradford left her car parked at the stop and left in a cab.

Bradford was suspended from her post as chairman of the House Local Government Committee on Friday.

Rep. Libby Szabo, a Republican from Arvada, will serve as chair of House Local Government and Rep. David Balmer, a Republican from Centennial, will serve as the committee’s vice chair.

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  1. J. O. Striker says:

    SENATOR SUZANNE WILLIAMS KILLED A WOMAN AND HER BABY BY CRASHING HER VEHICLE INTO THE FAMILY’S CAR WHILE IN TEXAS.

    SHE ALSO DID NOT HAVE HER GRANDCHILDREN BUCKLED INTO THEIR SEAT BELTS IN THE BACK SEAT AS THEY WERE MANDATED TO BE BY LAW.

    WILLIAMS LITERALLY “GOT AWAY WITH MURDER” AND SHE IS STILL SERVING IN THE SENATE. NOTHING HAPPENED TO HER AND SHE NEVER EVEN EXTENDED HER SYMPATHIES OR APOLOGIES TO THE GRIEVING SURVIVORS OF THE FAMILY THAT SHE CRASHED INTO.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM?

    SHOULD LEGISLATORS BE ABLE TO “DRIVE DRUNK” OR KILL INNOCENTS WITHOUT REPERCUSSIONS?

    1. Rob A says:

      SENATOR SUZANNE WILLIAMS should have be charged with murder!!!! Someone pulled some big strings for her and I wish the media would look into this case again. We are talking MURDER of a child!!!

  2. denvervet says:

    There must have been a reason for them not being able to be arrested and I would like to know what it is? This law probably should be abandoned, they should face justice the same as us. She need to consider herself lucky that she didn’t get a ticket I guess. She actually was pusished more than getting a ticket, she lost a respectible job!

  3. anauroravet says:

    The law is designed to prevent the party in power from arresting or otherwise detaining members of the opposing party to keep sufficient numbers from attending sessions to prevent any opposition to legislation under consideration. Would you like to have someone or one party take control of your life? Look what happened in Europe in the ‘20s & 30s. I am not saying that the law couldn’t be modified to hold the legislator responsible for crimes and other transgressions after the conclusion of their term. I was quite surprised nothing happened to Williams though.

  4. Josh Kucey says:

    cops on east colfax are very aggressive. I have learned to stay away from that area because the police, right of way enforcement, crack heads, and numerous other reasons. Seems the city aggressively enforces laws in that area for revenue purposes. I called the chief of police and expressed to him that the denver police in that area are killing me with fines from frivolis parking violations to photo speed enforcement. The best bet is to stay away from down town denver unless you feel like getting taxed by your local police department.

  5. D Johnson says:

    http://www.kpho.com/story/16621923/lawmaker-escapes-dui-with-immunity
    I do not, nor probably never will, receive this benefit.
    It’s time for change and voters have that ability.

  6. D Johnson says:

    Just in case you have not follwed her ideals, – “When Coloradans see government workers with these types of benefits that they’re not getting in their job or ever likely to get in their job, that does cause a problem,” , this was inn reference to state workers getting and banking sick time. I don’t think I get a time limit and release during detainment by police. Just saying.

  7. D Johnson says:

    State Rep. Laura Bradford, R-CO, was stopped by Denver police, suspected of drunk driving Wednesday night.

    “The officer smelled an alcoholic beverage on her breath; she admitted to have been drinking,” said Lt. Matt Murray of the Denver police.

    Police said she did not pass a roadside sobriety test.

    1. D Johnson says:

      Anybody else, it would have a starting cost of about $10,000 !
      I see where to trim some fat for the taxpayers.

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