Platte County, MO – The mayor of a Missouri town tried to pull rank after she was stopped for drunk driving but it turned out that her influence didn’t extend countywide.
A Platte County sheriff’s deputy stopped Parkville Mayor Nan Johnston at about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 26 after he saw her car swerving all over the highway, KCTV reported.
Johnston told the deputy who stopped her that she swerved because she was looking at a text message on her cell phone.
But the deputy said that he could smell alcohol on the mayor and she had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, according to KCTV.
Johnston claimed she had only one beer to drink six hours earlier but the deputy didn’t believe her.
So he asked the driver to step out of her vehicle so that he could administer field sobriety tests, KCTV reported.
Johnston ignored the deputy’s instructions and instead grabbed her cell phone and told the Platte County deputy that she was going to call Parkville Police Chief Kevin Chrisman.
“I’m fine, but I don’t know what to do,” the mayor said into her cell phone, according to the police report.
The police report said she told the person on the other end of the phone where she was and asked what she should do.
Then Johnston asked the deputy what police agency he was with and the deputy told her it was the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, according to KCTV.
Johnston finished her phone call and then got out to take the field sobriety tests.
The police report showed she blew a .110 on the preliminary breath test, KCTV reported.
At that point, Johnston told the deputy that she was the mayor of Parkville and that she had to make some phone calls.
But the deputy put her in handcuffs and told Johnston she could make her calls later, KCTV reported.
She was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, KMBC reported.
Court records showed the mayor was released on a $1,000 cash bond at about 3:30 a.m.
It wasn’t the first time that Johnston has run afoul of the law this year.
In March, state ethics regulators fined Johnston and her campaign $5,242 for campaign finance violations, according to KSHB.
The Missouri Ethics Commission said its investigation had found “probable cause” to believe that the Parkville mayor and her campaign broke at least five state laws.
The violations included failure to file notices on late contributions and failure to file a full campaign disclosure report after the election, KSHB reported.
The Police Tribune reached out to the Parkville mayor for comment but had not received a response at publication time.