Michigan Democratic lawmaker arrested for drunk driving

The Detroit Free Press noted that last year was the sixtieth anniversary of when “Jerry Cavanagh pulled off the upset of the century” and was elected mayor of Detroit.

Recently, Cavanaugh’s granddaughter was also in the news, albeit for a very different reason. According to Breitbart, Democratic state Rep. Mary Cavanaugh was arrested in February for drunk driving. 

However, the information only came to light last Friday when it was reported by the website Gongwer News, a fact that troubled House Speaker James Wentworth.

House Speaker says he was not informed of the incident

“Nobody ever admitted to what happened, hoping it would go away unnoticed,” the Free Press quoted Wentworth as saying “And unfortunately, that means everyone is still trying to figure it out,” the Republican lawmaker continued.

“Thankfully, the Livonia Police were on alert and intervened before anything tragic happened,” Wentworth remarked. “I just hope Leader (Donna) Lasinski and the Democrat caucus didn’t know and try to keep it under wraps.”

“Even if we have to step in as the legal process plays out, we will make sure the people of Michigan get the accountability they deserve.”

For her part, House Democratic Leader Lasinski offered little in the way of details regarding Cavanagh’s arrest, telling the Free Press, “Rep. Cavanagh is facing a serious charge.”

“Our priority is providing her with the support she needs to meet these challenges and stay healthy as the legal process proceeds,” Lasinski went on to add.

This is Cavanagh’s second drunk driving offense

WDIV-TV reported that an officer with the Livonia Police Department stopped Cavanagh when he noticed her driving on two flat tires, causing her vehicle to swerve wildly.

The officer pulled Cavanagh over after one of her tires became disconnected from the rim. She is said to have told him, “I feel like I had some type of tire or something.”

The state representative was unaware of how she had developed two flat tires and was unable to locate her drivers license when asked to produce it.

She was subsequently arrested on suspicion of operating under the influence of alcohol, with WDIV-TV reporting that this is the second time she has been accused of drunk driving.

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