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Utah Senate Majority Leader Arrested for Suspected DUI

KillpackKUTV channel 2 is reporting:

One of the state’s leading lawmakers was arrested Thursday night for driving under the influence.

Sheldon Killpack is the republican majority leader in the state senate. He was arrested near 3300 South 700 East just after midnight Thursday. [snip]

Senate President Michael Waddoups and Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack issued the following public statements:

Statement: Senate President Michael Waddoups:

“Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack was arrested late Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence. Senator Killpack was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail and later released. The Utah Highway Patrol is working with the appropriate authorities on what is now a legal matter.

“This is a difficult time for Senator Killpack and his family. He has requested privacy as he addresses the situation with those closest to him. When he and I spoke this morning he indicated he is accountable for his actions and I respect him for that. Senator Killpack has served this state, and the Senate, with distinction and he remains in our hearts and prayers.”

Statement: Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack:

“I am deeply sorry for the impact this incident will have on those who support and trust me — my colleagues in the senate, my constituents and, most importantly, my family. I am a firm believer in responsibility and personal accountability, and am prepared to accept all personal, legal and political consequences for my actions.”

Coming just weeks before the start of the 2010 legislative session, we can only wonder what impact this might have. I would think it likely Killpack will step down from his leadership position if not resign entirely from the senate. And certainly it might make even more difficult the efforts to make more liquor licenses available to Utah bars and restaurants. Not that it should, but the strongly Mormon legislature is fairly ignorant about alcohol use and abuse and could use this event to stymie those efforts.

I won’t even speculate on the report that there was a male passenger in the car.

ht to KVNU FTP Tyler Riggs

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