Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who caused a scene at the Capitol this week after setting off a metal detector and refusing to turn her bag over to Capitol Police, reportedly has a lengthy arrest record atypical for a member of Congress.
The Denver Post reported in August, as Boebert was vying for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, that the Republican “has been arrested and summonsed at least four times over the past decade, records show.”
“While the three arrests and one court-ordered summons were for petty crimes — and in one case all charges were dropped — Boebert’s record is unusually long for a congressional candidate,” the newspaper reported.
Boebert’s first run-in with police was in the fall of 2010, after a neighbor, Michele Soet, alleged that Boebert, then 23, was harassing Soet and Soet’s husband. The alleged harassment occurred in the days after Soet called police because Boebert’s pit bulls were loose and threatening the life of her dogs.
Boebert was issued a ticket for dog code violations and a short time later texted Soet, “You have taken food out of my children’s mouths,” according to Soet. Boebert also “displayed her middle finger” to Soet’s husband as he drove through Rifle, according to a Garfield County sheriff’s deputy’s report.
She was eventually given a court summons but was never charged with harassment.
In 2015, Boebert was arrested twice in Mesa County, according to the report.
As first reported by Colorado Newsline, Boebert was detained on June 20, 2015, after a verbal altercation with police at Country Jam, a music festival near Grand Junction. Boebert, then 28 years old, allegedly shouted at people detained on suspicion of underage drinking, urging them to flee from police, which caused the young drinkers to become unruly.
While she was being handcuffed for disorderly conduct, Boebert tried to twist away from police, according to deputies’ reports. She allegedly shouted that her arrest was unconstitutional, that “she had friends at Fox News and that the arrest would be national news.” It did not become national news.
Boebert missed a subsequent court date, telling the judge that she had forgotten what day of the week it was, and was rescheduled. She missed that court date as well and was arrested for failure to appear.
The next month, the disorderly conduct charge was dismissed because there was “no reasonable likelihood of conviction should (the) case go to trial,” a prosecutor wrote at the time.
In 2017, Boebert was jailed again for failure to appear, this time relating to charges of careless driving and operating an unsafe vehicle from the year before.
She was booked into the Garfield County Jail on the morning of Feb. 13, 2017, for failure to appear and spent exactly 100 minutes as an inmate before being released on bond, according to sheriff’s office records. She later pleaded guilty to the unsafe vehicle charge, and the careless driving charge was dropped.
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