Former Democratic leader in the State House and current Pueblo County Commissioner Buffie McFadyen was the recipient of some special treatment by police during a potential DUI stop in Pueblo.
She was caught in a rather awkward situation — parked in a dirt lot at night, intoxicated and with a man who isn’t her husband. But she didn’t get a DUI – instead she got a ride home.
In an 11 News Call For Action Investigation we have video of a local county commissioner behind the wheel of a parked car. She tells 11 News she had one glass of wine. A sheriff’s deputy thought she was drunk, but instead of sobriety test, she got a ride home.
On the night of January 25, 2013, Pueblo County Commissioner Buffie McFadyen was in her SUV with Pueblo County Democratic Party Chair Ron Greenwell. A Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputy says he found them both intoxicated, although she’s telling us she had just one glass of wine.
After the police officer called the situation in, he returned to the car and had this rather, um, memorable exchange:
Deputy: “I’ve got an intoxicated Buffie McFadyen out here. Um, I don’t have her DUI, maybe just because she’s sitting in the driver’s seat. But the vehicle’s off so we’re good there…I don’t know. She’s being kind of mouthy.”
The deputy returns to the commissioner’s car.
Deputy: “I think you might need to call for a ride. I think you might have had a little too much to drink.”
McFadyen: “I’ll have him drive me.”
Deputy: “Have you been drinking sir?”
Ron Greenwell: “No.”
Deputy: “Can I talk to you outside really quick so I can make sure I don’t smell any alcohol on you?”
Then on the tape, you can hear Ron Greenwell take a sobriety test, and fail it.
Deputy: “The legal limit is a .08 and you’re .140.”
It is stories like this that will make it mighty hard for McFadyen to consider a run for office outside Pueblo, where she clearly has the skids greased.
Voters don’t usually take well to politicians who live outside the laws they try to pass.
Check out the video from the police officer’s dash, obtained by KKTV: