November 24, 2014


Dashcam video of Grafton police arresting mayor released (Warning: Graphic language)

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

Grafton Mayor Megan Flanigan gives a brief statement at the council meeting on Tuesday evening, just days after she was charged with drunken driving. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Grafton Mayor Megan Flanigan gives a brief statement at the council meeting on Tuesday evening, just days after she was charged with drunken driving. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

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.

During a council meeting last week, she apologized for her Saturday drunken driving arrest.

“I am without a doubt extremely embarrassed, and I’m deeply sorry,” said Flanigan, who faces drunken driving, failure to control and leaving the scene of an accident charges.


 The following Grafton police dashcam video was provided by the Lorain County Prosecutor’s office.

WARNING: This video contains profanity.  (This video has been edited for length.)

  • Ray Venn


    As a side note, has it been determined what the “little white pill” was that was found in a baggie on the seat after the mayor exited the vehicle was?

  • Scott Poledna

    Sad day for Grafton. No excuess for drinking and driving. She needs to step down.

    • Harley1949Vet

      She’s Not Perfect , Are You Young Man ?

      • Scott Poledna

        Noone is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes and its important to forgive people that make them. There is no excuse for drinking and driving. I would have more respect for her if she just pled guilty. Come on to plead not guilty. It is so obvious she is drunk. Now she is just wasting tax dollars and the courts time. She is an elected official that is held to a higher standard. If she can’t make sound decisions in her personal life I worry about the decisions she would make for Grafton. My mothers life was ruined by a drunk driver I have no tolerance for irresponsible people. She needs to step down as Mayor, get the help she needs, and let Grafton move onto better days.

        • Harley1949Vet

          Sorry About The Loss Of Your Mother. But You Know As Well As I Do , Now That A Lawyer Is Involved , And This Involves A Political Figure It Will @ Long Dragged Out Case That Will Be But A Whisper When All Is Said & Done .

    • Kevin Caruso

      Not only should she step down, she should have her license suspended, be required to go to a treatment center and get help, and pay for it all herself.. This is not the first time for her.. Good job to the officer on the seen, he acted very professional ….

  • MZee

    pleading innocent is a right…
    so is the video being used as evidence. “I had a sprained ankle”…. yeh, right.

  • Harley1949Vet

    Watched Video 3 Times , Did Not Hear Any Graphic Language From Mayor During Her Detainment ?

  • Jean Vincent

    for those people so quick to defend her 1 drink huh shame on her she could of killed herself or some other innocent person videos don’t lie own up to it

  • Marie

    This young woman obviously has a drinking and honesty problem that needs to be addressed. It would be in her best interests as well as the community she serves, if she would take a leave of absence and address her issues in a manner that would allow her to have a healthy future.


    just shows you how some people try to get out of things,,,just because her dad has money

  • Samual L. Jackson

    They were so nice to her. I wonder how they would treat a black guy from Lorain?

    • Brandy Lynn

      This story has nothing to do with a black guy from Lorain…

  • stayfocused

    1 Corinthians 6: 9-10

  • Just saying

    I understand what your saying Samual L. Jackson that just totally went over that person’s head……