April 24, 2014

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Grafton mayor pleads not guilty in drunken driving case

 

Grafton Mayor Megan Flanigan

Megan Flanigan

ELYRIA – Grafton Mayor Megan Flanigan pleaded not guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to stop after an accident and failure to control.

She did not show up at Elyria Municipal Court today for arraignment, and the plea was faxed to the court by her attorney, Daniel Wightman.

Flanigan is accused of hitting a fire hydrant with her Chevrolet sport utility vehicle at the intersection of Fox Run and Hunting Hollow near Flanigan’s home in the 1100 block of Fox Run. Police said she denied drinking but had returned to the scene of the accident shortly after 3 a.m. smelling of alcohol.

Flanigan’s license plate was found by the hydrant, and the Chevrolet had substantial front-end damage, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Flanigan’s case is tentatively set for a pre-trial at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. A $2,230 personal bond was set for the charges.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.

 

  • karenwilliamsfoley

    Why can’t people take responsibility for what they’ve done. The evidence is overwhelming, with the damage to her car and her license plate being near the hydrant. She is setting a bad example by pleading not guilty…..she needs to own up to what she did and get on with her life. Everyone makes mistakes.

    • Joe Smith

      The evidence you pointed out only shows that a accident happened, not that she was drinking.

      I am not saying she wasn’t, she probably was but your stated evidence does not support it.

      • luvmytoaster

        She returned with a damaged car and no (or only one) license plate – she smelled of alcohol…..really? Looks pretty obvious to me…….

        • Joe Smith

          She returned to the accident at 3am, she very well could have been straight during the accident ( fell asleep) and then drank some to steady her nerves after the accident and one drink can make you smell like alcohol. Again, not saying she didn’t drive drunk, I am saying you cannot say for sure what happened based on the current evidence as reported in the article. Devil’s advocate type of thing. also some medical conditions have the same Symptoms:

          Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes

          The smell of acetone on the person’s breath

          A distinctive fruity odor on the breath (Police Officers often mistake the smell as alcohol during a field sobriety tests)

          Dizzy, has trouble keeping balance

          Altered states of consciousness

          Arousal such as hostility or mania

          Apprehensive with no obvious reason

          Unusual nervousness

          Disoriented in place or time

          Confused when asked simple questions or confused in general about circumstances

          Sweaty with clammy perspiration

          Inability to concentrate on what you are telling them or on the tasks at hand

          Sudden mood changes

      • karenwilliamsfoley

        But if she wasn’t drinking, why didn’t she call the police about the accident and report it instead of leaving her plate lying there and taking off…if she’s not guilty of ovi, she didn’t help herself by leaving the scene(lol and her license plate).

        • Joe Smith

          Again, I didn’t say she was not drinking and plenty of people leave the scene of an accident who were not drinking and the lic plate thing kills me, its like the robbers who write the robbery note on the back of one of their deposit slips LOL

    • luvmytoaster

      Thank you, that was my thought exactly!

  • MrRespect

    Her Attorney advised her to plea “not guilty”! Come on people, the poor attorney wouldn’t make thousands of dollars if he told her to “Man” up and plead guilty, now would he?

    • PinkStarlet

      AGREE!!! HER ATTORNEY’S JOB IS TO GET HIS CLIENT OUT OF THE MESS SHE CREATED FOR HERSELF. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF SHE IS GUILTY OR NOT. THERE ARE DIFFERENT RULES FOR THE WEALTHY. THE WORKING POOR & MIDDLE CLASS CANNOT AFFORD A HIGH PRICE LAWYER, IT IS FORTUNATE THAT SHE CAN.

  • GreatRedeemer

    A 2 and 1/2 ton vehicle hurling down the road, destroying private and public property. Sure glad my Mom was not out walking the dog in that area.