Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Drunken GOP Congressman Gets a Lap Dance While Driving

The hypocrisy just keep growing and growing from the non-stop sex and booze Republican party. Former New York Republican Congressman John Sweeney (who lost his bid for re-election amidst allegations of corruption and spouse abuse) has been arrested for driving while intoxicated. This is not his first DWI, but this was the first time he was getting a lap dance while drinking and driving:

(Times Union) State Police received an unexpected surprise when they stopped former Rep. John Sweeney on the Northway early Sunday a female passenger on his lap, a law enforcement source said Tuesday.

When troopers began following the ex-lawmaker north on I-87, just south of Exit 9, they assumed the Clifton Park Republican was driving alone in his 2004 BMW, said the individual, whose identity is being withheld by the Times Union.

The 23-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was on Sweeney's lap, the source said.

Sweeney, who is expected to appear in Clifton Park Town Court tonight, was pulled over after he swerved toward a State Police cruiser nearly striking the vehicle, the individual said.

The former congressman refused to take a roadside field sobriety test, in which drivers blow into a device, but did take a Breathalyzer exam back at the State Police barracks, said Maj. Patricia Groeber, who commands Troop G in Loudonville.

Groeber said she had no knowledge of Sweeney's alleged swerve toward the police cruiser.

The Daily Gazette newspaper on Monday reported that Sweeney refused to take the Breathalyzer test until he spoke to his attorney, E. Stewart Jones.

Reached late Tuesday, Jones acknowledged the men spoke, but said there was ``never a refusal'' by Sweeney to take the test.

``Obviously he took it because the results are as they've been described,'' the attorney said.

Jones declined to answer questions about the woman or provide other details. Asked about Sweeney's alleged swerve toward the cruiser, he said ``I'll comment on that once this case is resolved.'' (read more)

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