An Idaho state Senator was arrested over the weekend for stealing a SUV then driving the vehicle while being intoxicated.
According to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, the 38-year-old Republican, from Caldwell, had been drinking heavily in the clubhouse of a Boise golf course.
Sometime after 11:00 p.m. Saturday, the Senator left the clubhouse and began walking. It is unclear where the Senator was heading, but during his journey, McGee came upon an unlocked Ford Excursion, with a trailer, and the keys in the ignition.
Authorities say McGee got inside the vehicle and drove away.
While driving near Overland and Victory, the Senator attempted to turn the heavy SUV around in a driveway and the vehicle and trailer jack-knifed.
Reports say the unhurt Senator exited the vehicle then began walking back and forth near the accident. A drunken McGee then crawled back into the vehicle and fell asleep.
Two people who witnessed the incident called 911.
After failing a Breathalyzer test McGee was arrested around 4:30 a.m. on Father’s Day and charged with drunken driving and suspicion of felony grand theft.
The fourth-term state Senator is the chair of the Republican Caucus. In 2006, the married father-of-one was named the Idaho Young Republican of the Year and Republican Legislator of the Year.
McGee, who also works as the marketing director for West Valley Medical Center, is on his state’s transportation committee and he recently supported legislation to outlaw texting and driving.