Denver Police Apologize for Handling of Colorado State Rep. Laura Bradford's DUI

| by Michael Allen

Last week Colorado state Rep. Laura Bradford (R) was stopped by police in Denver, Colorado on the suspicion of DUI, but not arrested because of an obscure state law that says lawmakers traveling between “legislative events” have immunity from prosecution.

Now, new details have emerged from this incident. In the original report, police claimed that Bradford said she was coming from a legislative dinner and needed to be in session at the state capitol in morning. But now it has been revealed that Bradford told the officer that she had been drinking at a Colfax, Colorado bar.

The Denver Post reports:

State Rep. Laura Bradford had a gun with her when she was questioned by Denver police on suspicion of drunken driving — but asked to be treated like every other citizen. Bradford had denied publicly that she invoked what is known as legislative privilege after the traffic stop.

"The representative was told she could have received a DUI and at that point she said, 'I want to be treated like everyone else.' She made that statement several times during the stop,'" Denver police Lt. Matt Murray said today.

A police supervisor who responded to the scene asked Bradford if she had anything of value, and she said she had a gun.

The supervisor examined the weapon, for which she had a concealed-carry permit, put it back in her car, and told the officer who stopped her not to say anything, Murray said.

"We were wrong," Murray said, of how police characterized what happened.

On Monday, Rep. Bradford apologized for the incident: "I was driving my personal car with legislative license plates. In response to the officer's inquiries, I stated that I was leaving a legislative function and needed to be at the Capitol the next day. I responded to the officers' questions. My statements were not intended to invoke legislative privilege."