Grafton’s Mayor, Megan Flanigan, was arrested early Saturday morning under suspicion of OVI, said Lorain County authorities.
The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office told NewsChannel5, that at approximately 3:04 a.m., Grafton Police located a damaged fire hydrant on Fox Run Drive.
Police also located a license plate at the scene that was registered to Megan Flanigan, of Grafton. The Sheriff’s office then said they were called to the scene and upon arrival, found a heavily damaged, white SUV in the roadway.
A fax to the NewsChannel5 newsroom read, “Apparently while the Grafton Officer was running the license plate, the missing vehicle returned to the scene of the crash.”
Deputies said Flanigan was found to have a strong odor of alcohol and was given several standardized field sobriety tests, where she was found to have positive signs of impairment. County officials did not provide Flanigan’s OVI limit, but said she was given a breathalyzer test at the Lorain County Jail.
When NewsChannel5 knocked on Flanigan’s door for comment, a blond-haired woman answered, “No I’m fine,” though a side window.
On her Facebook page, Flanigan responded to comments of news reports writing, “Hey no worries …I don’t watch the news?” …Read more:
Grafton Mayor Flanigan
From Chronicle Telegram
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.
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