Kansas Democratic Representative, 21, Arrested for DUI While on Bail
A 21-year-old Kansas Democrat representative has been summoned to resign from office after he was arrested Saturday for drink-driving after being released on alleged domestic violence.
Aaron Coleman, 21, had been released from prison earlier in October after he “beat and spit on his brother” and “threatened to attack his grandfather.”
He was arrested on Interstate 70 around 1 a.m. Saturday but was released on a $250 bond later that afternoon.
Further details about his latest arrest – including whether he was suspected of drink or drugs – and the results of any sobriety tests – are yet to be shared.
The recent arrest and his history of inappropriate behavior prompted Democrats to demand Coleman’s resignation from office.
Aaron Coleman, 21-year-old Kansas Democrat representative, was arrested Saturday for drunk driving while already on bail for a felony.
Coleman had been arrested earlier in October for allegedly hitting and spitting on his brother and threatening his grandfather
“I want to reiterate what I’ve said in the past: It’s clear Representative Coleman needs urgent help,” House Democratic Leader Tom Sawyer said.
For the sake of the state of Kansas, its constituents and himself, he must resign and focus on getting the help he so desperately needs.
“The stress of the legislature is not a healthy environment for someone in this mental state.”
Governor Laura Kelly agreed with Sawyer’s statements because she also felt Coleman needed help.
‘Mr. Coleman’s most recent arrest is further evidence that he is unfit to serve in the Kansas House of Representatives and that his continued presence in the legislature is a disservice to his constituents,” she said.
“He should resign immediately and seek the treatment he needs. If he doesn’t resign, the legislature must use his process to remove him from office.”
Coleman, who had held office for a year, was arrested in October for the crimes involving his brother and grandfather, leading him to be charged with felony in the Johnson County District Court.
His brother had claimed the couple argued over his upcoming christening before he was beaten and spat at, according to an affidavit obtained by Fox 4.
House Democratic leader Tom Sawyer had called for Coleman to resign after his string of erratic behavior
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly agreed with Sawyer because she felt Coleman needed help
The grandfather had witnessed the fight and was threatened by Coleman when he also saw him hit a fan and flip a chair.
Coleman is said to have suffered sleep deprivation because he claimed he hadn’t slept for 72 hours, which could explain his violent behavior.
He pleaded not guilty and was later released on $1,000 bail.
However, he was forced to undergo a mental health evaluation by a judge and recently announced that he was in therapy.
He is due to appear in court again on December 22 for a diversion hearing.
This isn’t the first time Coleman has been asked to step down from office by his fellow lawmakers, either.
Before being elected, he was charged as a teenager with revenge porn and abusing a former ex-girlfriend who claims he beat and strangled her.
Sawyer released a statement echoing the notion that Coleman should resign because “the stress of the legislature is not a healthy environment for someone in this mental state”
However, his abusive behavior towards female officials did not stop after he took office, it is alleged.
He had allegedly harassed a female campaign official for an opponent when he sent her harassing messages, broke into her house twice and even tried to evict her, according to The Kansas City Star.
Coleman had also threatened Kelly on Twitter, saying she would have a “bloody” primary.
“People will one day realize that when I call you a hit, it’s real,” he said in a deleted tweet.
In all, seven female lawmakers had chosen to resign even before his election, after being informed of his past conduct.
Despite the allegations, he only received an informal warning letter when confronted by a commission of inquiry.