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?”
And after receiving criticism of that comment, she wrote, “I don’t watch the news the story is inaccurate.”
Outside of the Mayor’s home showed signs of the reported accident. What looked to be a piece of bumper sat at the foot of Flanigan’s driveway. Black and white scratch marks were also seen running to and from the Mayor’s garage and back out to the scene near the damaged hydrant. There were also clearly visible tire tracks around the damaged hydrant that reached into a field behind it.
Lorain County authorities said Flanigan was issued a summons for OVI, reasonable control and failure to stop after an accident. Final deposition of this matter will be handled in the Elyria Municipal Court.
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