Being a high-profile person comes with some benefits, but it has its downfalls as well. Being the target in a traffic stop can be stressful enough without the entire community having to hear about it. Colorado Rep. Laura Bradford and her family have lived with that stress during the past couple of weeks.
That stress reportedly got bad enough to push the health of Bradford's husband over the edge. On Sunday, he went to the hospital due to suffering a heart attack. He is recovering, but he and Bradford are still disappointed in the way that the recent traffic stop has been represented as a DUI and how the representative has been portrayed.
Bradford was pulled over by Denver police on Jan. 25 and investigated for suspicion of drunk driving. Exactly why police initially pulled her over is not disclosed in our source, but the traffic stop did eventually lead to questions surrounding a potential DUI.
Bradford was not taken into custody or charged with DUI, but she wants to point out that it wasn't because she used her position in government to get out of trouble. The State Constitution protects members of the Colorado General assembly from most types of arrests while legislative sessions are in progress.
Some government representatives will use their positions to try to get out of an arrest, and Bradford insists that she did not ask for or expect special treatment during the traffic stop. She claims that she told the police to treat her like anybody else.
What this matter really comes down to is that Bradford was not cited for DUI. She did receive citations for careless driving and making an illegal turn. She and her husband deserve a break from the speculation that has caused them unnecessary stress.
ABC 7 News: "Report: Rep. Bradford's Husband Suffers Heart Attack," Alan Gathright, Feb. 13, 2012