On today's episode of Kansas being Kansas, Republicans in the state's Senate will hold a vote deciding whether to oust their majority leader after the emergence of an affidavit claiming the lawmaker reportedly called the Highway Patrol trooper who arrested him for allegedly speeding and reportedly driving the wrong direction on a highway, “donut boy” local news outlet WIBW-TV reported.
In the early hours of March 16, Kansas Highway Patrol Officer Austin Shepley says he spied a white SUV, which he'd later learn was driven by Kansas State Sen. Gene Suellentrop, speeding down the wrong side of a Topeka highway. As such, Shepley says the two embarked on a 10-minute chase before finally getting the car to pull over. Off to a great start! Upon walking up to the car, the state Senator reportedly failed to respond to commands to turn off his vehicle, looking confused and afraid, maintaining a “blank stare,” the affidavit said. He later purportedly declined a breathalyzer and was taken to a hospital where after a judge signed a warrant, he allegedly received a blood test to gauge his level of intoxication.
However, it seems Suellentrop did not take his arrest in stride, reportedly noting that the whole fiasco was “all for going the wrong way” allegedly calling the officer “donut boy” and seemingly telling everyone involved to come at him, bro. “While the phlebotomist was administering the blood kit, Gene Suellentrop demeanor becoming slightly aggressive in his tone, he made reference to physically going up against me,” Shepley explained in the affidavit. “He looked me up and down, stating he played state sports competitively in high school. He stated he could ‘take me.’”According to the Washington Post, the test purportedly found that the politician's blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit.
Although as the AP noted, Suellentrop “stepped away from most of his duties as majority leader,” his future as a lawmaker seemingly remains uncertain. “Obviously, the consequences need to come,” Senate President Ty Masterson said. “It’s a matter of time.” With an unscheduled vote to oust the lawmaker in the cards, the occasion marks the first time in “at least several decades” that a state leader faced being voted out of office, WIBW-TV noted.
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