Tom Horne's Brett Mecum, a.k.a. "Captain America," His DUI and Other Embarrassments
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and his surrogates have been doing their darnedest to drag former AG staffer Sarah Beattie through the mud, in an obvious attempt to deflect attention from the mountain of evidence provided by Beattie, showing that Horne has been running his re-election campaign from the AG's Office.
But there's a risk in such ad hominem attacks. First, they do not address the underlying accusation, or the evidence accompanying it. Second, they leave those in your camp open to the same personal scrutiny.
Which is the only reason I'm bothering with a DUI that Horne's legislative liaison Brett Mecum pulled in September 2013, for which he ultimately did 24 hours in Maricopa County Jail.
MCSO Mecum's latest mugshot . . .
According to court records, Mecum, who scored a job with the AG in March of last year despite (or maybe because of) a rather tawdry history of public peccadilloes, was stopped by Phoenix Police Officer Florin Bohatir on the morning of Thursday, September 5, 2013, around 2:40 a.m.
The following thumbnail account from Bohatir is included in a request for a search warrant to draw blood from Mecum, which was granted by a Maricopa County superior court commissioner:
Brett was observed stopped on Thomas Road at 32nd Street in the curb lane of traffic West bound. The traffic signal cycled to green and Brett failed to proceed through the green traffic signal until a taxi behind him attracted his attention via horn. Brett then accelerated West on Thomas Road in the curb lane and reached a speed of 51 MPH. The posted speed limit on Thomas Road is 35 MPH.
I stopped Brett and advised him of the reasons he was stopped. I was able to smell the odor of intoxicating liquor coming from his breath, observed his eyes watery and blood shot and heard his speech slurred and mumbled. Brett performed poorly on [field sobriety tests] and I noticed six cues during the [Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus] test.
I'm waiting on a copy of the police report, but according to the Phoenix Police Department, Mecum was cited and released.
The charges against him included speeding, failing to provide proof of insurance, and extreme DUI.
According to the court paperwork, this was Mecum's first DUI.
As part of a deal with the Phoenix city prosecutor, Mecum pleaded guilty to being "impaired to the slightest degree," and was sentenced to the usual assortment of fines and court costs, 12 months of using an Interlock device, and 10 days in jail, with 9 suspended.
The remainder of the charges were dismissed.
The court ordered that Mecum self-surrender at the Maricopa County Buckeye Jail on Friday, February 21 at 9 p.m. for his 24 hours in stir.
The MCSO provided a mugshot of Mecum taken from this brief stay in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's custody.