A Republican lawmaker from Idaho was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly stealing and driving a Ford Excursion under the influence of alcohol.
State Sen. John McGee (R), who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for higher office, including governor, was charged with misdemeanor drunk driving and felony grand theft.
The Idaho Statesman has the details:
According to Sgt. Carlos De Leon with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, events unfolded like this:
McGee began drinking at a golf course at about 10 p.m. Saturday night. At some point, McGee left the clubhouse on foot and walked for a distance, eventually coming upon a parked Ford Excursion with a 20-foot travel trailer near the Muir Woods Subdivision in Southeast Boise.
The keys were in the vehicle and McGee drove away just before 3 a.m. Sunday. McGee pulled the vehicle into a long driveway in the subdivision near Overland and Victory roads and Five Mile Road, in an attempt to turn around. The Excursion and travel trailer were jack-knifed in the driveway.
Two kids in the house were watching McGee’s activities. He exited the vehicle, walked up and down the street a few times, got in the back of the Excursion and went to sleep. The kids called police.
Deputies arrive on scene at 3 a.m. and found McGee in the truck. McGee told deputies he was headed to Jackpot. Deputies determined he had been drinking and McGee was arrested. He was booked into the jail at 4:27 a.m. Sunday.
McGee is the Idaho Senate Majority Caucus Chairman and the chairman of the Canyon County GOP.