Hypocrite Alert: Governor Jan "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" Brewer and Her Love of Scotch/ Driving

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Glug, glug, Jan.
A week before the November election, the Arizona Republic was given by Terry Goddard's campaign has stumbled upon Department of Public Safety records detailing a 1988 car wreck, where Governor Jan Brewer rear-ended a mini-van after throwin' back at least two scotches.

The case was never pursued, and Brewer gave three different accounts of what happened to police.

According to the Republic, which admits it obtained the records through a source other than the Department of Public Safety. on May 4, 1988, Brewer, then a state senator, was driving on Interstate 17 when she crashed into the back of a mini-van.

Brewer failed a series of sobriety tests, and the DPS officer on the scene said she appeared drunk and that her breath smelled like booze.

Brewer was cuffed and taken to the station, where she was supposed to have her blood-alcohol level tested.

The test never happened. Rather, Brewer had a chat with a lieutenant before two officers drove her home. She was never charged.

At the scene, Brewer told officers she had one scotch before getting in the car. Later, at the station, Brewer conceded that she had two, which was the third story Brewer told the officers.

Initially, Brewer said someone rear-ended her, pushing her car into the mini-van, before driving off. But there was no damage to her vehicle and there was a thick layer of dust on her back bumper that was undisturbed.

Brewer was released because, at the time, she was a sitting state senator, which makes her immune from getting charged with a serious crime while the Legislature's in session.

From the Republic:

According to his widow, Holland (the victim) called the DPS in the days after the crash to ask whether Brewer would face any consequences. The person he spoke with said that Brewer had immunity from arrest.

Brewer was released because, according to the arresting officers, she was protected from arrest by her status as a lawmaker in session. Brewer did not ask for immunity, nor did she mention that she was a senator, according to reports.

"It wasn't my decision," Brewer said. "I never asked for legislative immunity."


The fact that Brewer had a few scotches before getting into a car wreck is one thing. The fact that she has a lengthy record of wanting to throw the book at those convicted of DUI is another.

Aside from championing several pieces of legislation that increase penalties for drunk drivers while in the Legislature (check it out here), Brewer's administration often boasts about its "Drive Hammered, Get Nailed" DUI-enforcement program. 

We'll never know how many scotches the governor actually had because no BAC test was ever conducted. But the real question remains: how many scotches did Jan have before debating Terry Goddard last month? (Consider the alternative... we would think more highly of her if this were the explanation for her pathetic performance -- instead of obvious stupidity.)



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timfromla
timfromla

Just wondering, how big was the scotch glass? One gallon?

FUCK YOU JAN HYPOCRATE
FUCK YOU JAN HYPOCRATE

FUCK YOU JAN BREWER. GO GET A FEW OR ONE WINE COOLERS OR SCOTCHES, THEN POP OVER TO A NAZI'S HOUSE AND BANG YOUR SKANKY POONANNY WITH A COPY OF SB1070.

The Abyss Called Brewer
The Abyss Called Brewer

This fucking whore has got to go. She gets drunk. She wrecks two cars on the interstate. She lies to the cops. She flashes her government immunity card to the watch commander. AND GETS THE COPS TO CHAUFFEUR HER DRUNKEN ASS HOME !!!

Lane Zane
Lane Zane

She is a drunk, lies and runs away when asked the tough questions, i.e. CCA. Do we really want 4 more years of this woman?

Wangchung
Wangchung

Oh Hell, -How many drinks did Thomas O'Brien have before he killed that pedestrian on 19th ave, then RAN FROM THE SCENE? God knows, asshole...

jr
jr

Well,... her last name is Brewer!

david saint
david saint

if jan wants to turn herself in for a weekend stay at tent city, i think all could be forgiven here. But to turn around and back such harsh regulation on DUI's fits the M.O of late...that she is a walking, talking, hypocrite...her and joe should get married, they have so much in common after all..(walgreens, fountain hills, anyone remember joe and "the boulder"? lol)

TheVoiceOfReason
TheVoiceOfReason

New Times--either take out that this was given by Terry Goddard's campaign, or leave it in. Don't do this bullshit where you cross it out. They either gave it or they didn't. It's unfair to the innocent party to leave it crossed out. Unless you have evidence that he gave it and it's not just your own personal bullshit speculation, completely remove any reference to that from your article.

Keep it
Keep it

I disagree with you on this one. New Times is trying to be accountable. Say at first the information that they got said that the information was given by Terry Goddard's campaign. Later New Times finds out that was incorrect so they completely remove it. It changes the article without taking responsibly for the error. By crossing the mistake out it shows readers exactly what facts were wrong.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I will agree with you on this one. It would be much better reporting, in my opinion, if Mr. King would pose conjecture as a question in the article, instead of using the editing function. For example, "we have to wonder if the information was received from someone within the Goddard campaign". The message is the same and it's not an implication, rather just a question or thought, and much more professional. However, from having read the prose from Mr. King I don't think his intent is to be professional. I wonder if he might one day do so?

Drake
Drake

As this story stands it is not news worthy. Our legislators get a pass while they are in session. The attorney and police or the ones who dropped the ball, by not collecting the evidence and prosecuting at a later date... However, if someone were to research who was ultimately responsible for the decision not to test her alcohol levels, for possible legal action after she was out of session, and check if he had made some political gain as a result, that would be a story worth writing about.

Stacy
Stacy

This is terrible that Jan Brewer thinks that she could be above the law. What about the legislator out of Mojave County / Bullhead City who was busted a few years back.. she wasn't given any immunity and was charged. She cried like a baby and asked her constituents and God to forgive her Boo hoo.. But she got busted. So should've Brewer.

Shrymoreau
Shrymoreau

Her speech was written on a piece of paper. It was in front of her. She was reading it. And this is the result? Sherry

BS
BS

Again politicians and law enforcement held to a different standard than the common citizens who pay their proper taxes. Throw the book at us but let police drive them home... Bullshit.

It's just like the illegal strip mall poker rooms the Governor supports throughout Maricopa County yet she condemns the legal, job providing, background checking, regulated casino/resort project. One of the illegal strip mall poker rooms Governor Brewer is aware of in Glendale (near 43rd Ave. & Peoria) has a criminal fraud committing, manipulative known con artist who has stole literally hundreds of thousands of dollars from many good people. She supports this fraud committing, manipulative con artist person in an illegal strip mall poker room in her home City of Glendale yet no legal to the casino project which would be built on the tribes own land.

Yes to illegal gambling/poker rooms, one with an owner/operator, manager, card dealer who has been involved in criminal fraud, manipulated hundreds of thousands from mother, fathers and subsequently their children and a known con artist, in Glendale but no to legal, job providing casino/resort??? That is not only hypocritical but discriminatory as well!!!

The moral of the story is.... You can get away with allowing illegal activity or commit crimes the rest of us would be locked up for as well as fined but if you are a politician or law enforcement officer you are considered above the law and need not enforce state or local laws.

Bubba
Bubba

Another example of being above the law..

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Actually, she should not have been above the law. DPS SHOULD have tested her, taken her home or arranged for a sober person to drive her, and then completed the standard DUI report and forwarded it to the County Attorney for prosecution. DPS dropped the ball on this one, or she likely would have been charged at some point. We ARE in Arizona, after all.... nothing surprises me in a state where guns are allowed in bars...

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

She can't count how many drinks she had did that night off the top of her hat. She didn't know that driving after drinking was unlegal. All she knows is that she was rear ended by a car driven by a headless body and there, but for the grace of came, she came. Her father, who died fighting the Nazi's, would never have did such a thing.

Two Scotch Jan strikes again.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Nicely said, Chad. I like the references from her public speaking attempts.

Regular Person
Regular Person

Someone please unearth the report where her then teenage son broke into an neighbor's house .. the neighbor was gonna press charges until mommy pressed the neighbor not to press charges. That's buried somewhere too.. and no, I'm not from the Goddard campaign.

Rob
Rob

You gotta love how in the arrest report the officer noted "thick tongued"....nothing's changed in 22 years....

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