According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, a Grafton police office on patrol located a damaged fire hydrant on Fox Run Drive. The officer also found a license plate on the ground near the damaged hydrant.
It traced back to Flanigan, who took office in January 2012 after defeating longtime Mayor Shari Szczepanski. The 32-year-old mayor lives in the neighborhood.
While the officer was running the plate, Flanigan returned to the area. She was driving a heavily damaged white SUV, the release said.
Grafton police then contacted the Sheriff’s Office, which took over the investigation.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene at 3:32 a.m.
Flanigan was found to have a strong order of alcohol on her and failed several field sobriety tests.
Flanigan was taken to the Lorain County jail for a breath alcohol test. She was issued a summons for OVI, reasonable control and failure to stop after an accident. The case will be handled through the Elyria Municipal Court.
Flanigan could not be reached for comment. She did not release a statement but alluded to the incident on her Facebook page.
An avid runner and triathlete, Flanigan commented on the social networking site as recently as Friday afternoon that she planned to take part in Saturday’s Akron Half Marathon. It is not known if she made it to the race.
In response to a commenter who mentioned the arrest after seeing a news report, Flanigan first said she doesn’t watch the news and then said the story was inaccurate.