TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Greater than 25 folks from throughout Kansas gathered Monday morning outdoors the Statehouse as they referred to as for Sen. Gene Suellentrop to resign after he was charged with driving underneath the affect and different visitors offenses earlier this month in Topeka.
The rally was scheduled from 8 to 9 a.m. on the north facet of the Statehouse, close to the 300 block of S.W. eighth Avenue.
Organizers of Monday’s rally stated they used social media to let folks know concerning the rally, which was scheduled over the weekend.
Attendees got here from areas together with Olathe, Salina, Overland Park, Wichita, Yates Middle, Kansas Metropolis, Kan., and Topeka.
Amongst those that got here to the occasion was Julie Dunlap, of Lawrence, who stated she was acquainted with a car carrying a bunch of younger folks coming back from a ski journey in Colorado that needed to “swerve” to keep away from colliding with the car Suellentrop was driving the improper method on I-70 in downtown Topeka.
“As he was coming down I-70 the improper method, 90 mph, he almost ran right into a carload of faculty college students from Olathe coming dwelling from a ski journey in Colorado,” Dunlap stated. “Their mother and father are anxiously ready for them to return dwelling from this journey late at night time.
“They see a maniac driving 90 mph the improper method down the freeway and so they should swerve whereas they’re coming round that harmful curve to keep away from him.”
Dunlap stated she and others who got here to Monday morning’s rally wished to attract consideration to the incident.
“I hope folks discover,” Dunlap stated, “and I hope that he resigns. I hope his colleagues assume for only a half a second concerning the affect that this has on the entire state, to have a person who’s incapable of following the legal guidelines he proposes to make and swears to uphold. It’s not proper.”
Additionally attending the rally was Lesa Patterson-Kinsey, of Prairie Village. She stated the rally, which was a grassroots effort that wasn’t sponsored by any specific group, was designed to lift consciousness of the incident.
“This isn’t the kind of illustration that we count on,” Patterson-Kinsey stated. “We count on our elected to be held to a excessive normal. And for somebody to drive drunk, the improper method, down our freeway and endanger so many individuals isn’t acceptable.”
Patterson-Kinsey stated she additionally was hopeful Suellentrop would step down and never detract from “quite a lot of actually essential points” being addressed by the Legislature. She added that Suellentrop is “going to have a court docket case arising” associated to his latest arrest and “he’s going to wish time” to deal with that.
“What we’d wish to see is for Sen. Suellentrop to resign from his place,” she stated. “After which I hope he can spend time and deal with himself and turn out to be wholesome. We are also involved for him, as a result of that’s an excessive habits.”
Suellentrop was launched Friday night time from the Shawnee County Jail after posting $5,000 bond. He turned himself into jail after Shawnee County District Legal professional Mike Cagay filed a felony grievance and accompanying arrest warrant on Friday afternoon.
Suellentrop was charged with: DUI; reckless driving; felony eluding or trying to elude police; driving the improper method on a divided freeway; and rushing.
Witnesses say Suellentrop, a Republican from Wichita, was noticed driving the improper method on Interstate 470 and S.W. Burlingame Street early March 16.
In response to the Kansas Freeway Patrol, officers noticed him on Interstate 70 close to S.W. Gage, and he didn’t cease till he was at S.E. eighth Road in downtown Topeka.
Efforts by WIBW-TV to succeed in Suellentrop for touch upon Monday morning weren’t instantly profitable.
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