I was really starting to feel sorry for Bob Mecklenborg. But after watching this video, I’m convinced he probably deserves whatever is coming to him.

From the minute he is pulled over, Mecklenborg acts like a complete jerk toward the officer. He refuses to take a breath test while completely denying having had anything to drink and once he’s asked to get out of the car, one of the first things he says is “I’m a lawyer”.

He proceeds to clearly fail all three parts of the standard field sobriety test, each time giving the trooper a hard time while acting annoyed and inconvenienced. He continues talking about being a lawyer, and blaming his inability to follow the officer’s finger with eyes on random dudes walking around in the parking lot (4:00 mins in)

The officer really gives him every chance, and is very polite and professional throughout the process. But Meck continues to act like a jerk up until the end when Meck clearly realizes he is completely screwed and the officer finally gives up, arrests him for DUI, and tells Bob what he should have said at the very beginning of the process:

“I don’t care if you’re a lawyer or not. This isn’t Ohio, this is Indiana. We do things a little different here.”

The other telling part of this video is the last few seconds where Bob, in handcuffs and sitting in the back of the trooper’s car, seems VERY concerned that his 26 year old “companion” Tiona Roberts be allowed to immediately leave the scene. He asks multiple times. Like he REALLY wants her to just go away.

Props to WLWT in Cincy for beating us to the punch on the dash cam video.

Evangelize!
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  • mvirenicus

    mecklenborg is a hypocritical douche with a twangy accent and for those reasons he belongs in jail, but i don’t perceive him as “a jerk” based upon his behavior in this video.  he mentioned that he’s a lawyer and made an effort to comply with the cop’s commands.  he was drunk and justifiably scared.  so what?  the circumstances would cause anybody to ask a bunch of asinine questions in an effort to delay the inevitable.

    this video made me feel sorry for that hypocritical twangy douche.  of course i have an intense dislike for cops so that probably colors my perceptions, but this country, land of the free and all, incarcerates more people than the rest of the world combined.  americans are stupid asses for putting up with it.

  • Anonymous

    you’d probably feel a lot different if he drove down the road and ran over one of your relatives. The trooper was being completely professional and doing his job. Congratulations, you , kasich and all the other ultra rich know-it-alls have something in common, you hate cops!

  • Real Get Real

    Having lost enough good people to drunks who kill with cars, I have no sympathy for mecklonborg.  He should be scared.

    Couple that with the fact he was pumped on viagra with a “stripper” in the car, married, and a State legislature in charge of the ethics committee no less, there is no justification, rationalization, or extenuation for this behavior.

    He was being difficult, refusing the test, refusing to follow instructions, holding on the car to cheat the test, asking the same question over and over after answered.

    You generalize against all police.  I’d suggest that if you were stuck on the road in a dangerous situation it likely be the cop who stops while others drive by.  I’ve been there.

  • Anonymous

    My favorites: “What having you been doing tonights?”  “Working hard.”  (Or hardly working?)  Then: “Can we take these [handcuffs] off?” Cop: “No.”

  • localdude

    Something worth noting in the video.  He’s on Rt 50 when the lights go on.  He doesn’t stop, he turns right and then right again into a driveway that leads to parking lot.  In the parking lot he turns left and seems to be trying to get somewhere before he gives up and stops.  Where is he when that happens?  Looks like the parking lot of the Holiday Inn and he was trying to reach the front door before stopping.  Why?

  • Bradley L. Cromes

    Here’s my question:  Why, nearly a week into this scandal, is this story receiving no coverage at all outside of this blog and the local television station?

    While it’s arguable that it has any bearing whatsoever on the rest of the Republican majority or their work, at very minimum it’s a major ethics violation by the man who chairs the House Ethics Committee.  Were this the U.S. Congress, the coverage would have been non-stop from the moment the story broke.

    The other piece of this story, I think, is how long Speaker Batchelder knew about this and kept it under his hat.  One assumes that, with a revoked license, this guy was suddenly being driven to work every day (or – GASP! – riding COTA).  There had to be some notice that something was awry, and if the Speaker knew about this and did nothing that in and of itself is a major ethical problem that needs to be talked about.

    I expected this to get dumped on the Friday before Independence Day, but lo – the “media” in Ohio did not deign to discuss this even on this greatest of “take out the trash” days.  It’s disgusting, and frankly they have a great deal of answering to do for it.

    That Kasich’s rant about the Left is receiving front page coverage in the interim is insult beyond the injury not covering this story is inflicting.  Maybe rather than listening to the insane ranting of John the Worst, they should do a little, you know, JOURNALISM.

  • Bradley L. Cromes

    I see that Cincinnati.com (the Enquirer) has some coverage of this story, so they get something of a pass.  It’s on the back pages, but it’s at least something.

    The Plain Dealer and, especially, the Dispatch?  Still on my list.

  • Greg Soper

    It looks like Mecklenborg is going to challenge the Constiutionality of a breathalyzer.

    I was thinking he was going to try yhr Austin Kearns defense, saying the trooper was out of his jurisdiction.

    Why did the take so long to come to light?

    If this were a teacher this would have come to light quickly and would have terminated within a week.

    Was there a coverup?

  • Random Thoughts

    My favorite was “If it’s a refusal, though, don’t you just release me?” Officer says no, that’s not how it works. So Bob-o asks “Is there a level above .08?” You can just imagine the officer trying to figure out wtf kinda question that was…

    I would have cuffed him long before that for criminal stupidity…

  • Greg Soper

    Is it possible to see if someone can check to see if he was driving to work?  I assume that they get free parking or mileage reimbursement, if his car was at work or if he filed for reimbursement, we would know if he further broke the law.

    I would think that would public records

  • Anonymous

    exactly, it was almost a chase scenario, or at least MAYBE  he was taking his time to destroy some contraband. 

  • tvh

    I don’t think he was any more of a jerk than I imagine most people are when they are drunk and pulled over. But, he needs to resign for this. He wasn’t making sense; he didn’t understand basic things. He couldn’t stand up. He needs to stop wasting our time and leave the legislature.

  • Anastasjoy

    The Coshocton Paper also ran something, and we ran something on our blog in Cleveland Scene (we are a weekly). PD? Nada so far.

  • Anastasjoy

    Well, he knows how his boss, John Kasich, treats officers at traffic stops so he probably figures that’s the way to do it.

  • http://twitter.com/jr6020 James Miller

    Gee, I wanted to see what the Stripper looked like.  Is she pretty or just your normal skank.  Regardless, Bob, was she worth all of this?  I hope this goes viral on YouTube.  Bye, bye Bobbie…Jim, Columbus

  • Anonymous

    I suspect she looks like a human being who has to earn a living in a state with a high unemployment rate and few well-paying opportunities for people who cannot all afford the high cost of advanced education.

  • mvirenicus

    i’m a working-class marxist, you democrap moron.

  • mvirenicus

    the only reason they stopped for you was in the hopes of busting you for some outstanding want/warrant. 

  • Greg Soper

    How close was this to the Ohio border? Perhaps he was trying to get into Ohio, and use the defense that the trooper was out of his jurisdiction.

  • Greg Soper

    How close was this to the Ohio border? Perhaps he was trying to get into Ohio, and use the defense that the trooper was out of his jurisdiction.

  • Greg Soper

    How close was this to the Ohio border? Perhaps he was trying to get into Ohio, and use the defense that the trooper was out of his jurisdiction.

  • mvirenicus

    if i were the cop i’d have pulled over the car that veered into my lane in front of me instead of chasing after a car with a bad headlight.  at least mecklenborg appears to know how to drive while drunk.

  • mvirenicus

    “i’m gonna get a search warrant for your blood.”

    america is a fascist capitalist wonderland.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, nothing says facist police state like an officer obtaining a warrant to gather evidence after making a probable cause showning to a neutral magistrate.  Yep, this is exactly how PolPot rolled.

    Seriously, the officer got a warrant.  There’s nothing fascist about it.  You’d be hard pressed to find something more opposite of fascism than that.

  • mvirenicus

    ok ok ok…  pardon my hyperbole, but all the same there’s something quite chilling about this “search warrant for your blood” bullcrap.  is this done in ohio?

  • http://twitter.com/dcviper985 David Corey

    How is that chilling? As far as I’m concerned, the reek of booze gave the Trooper probable cause to search Meck’s breath, and blowing a .0-whatever (It was surely higher at the time of arrest) gave the state more than enough probable cause for a blood test. I’m as big on limiting the search powers of police as the next bleeding-heart liberal, but come the hell on! Meck got everything he deserved that night.

  • Larry Callen

    Congress, having an ethics committee, that’s a very funny concept. And chaired by a Republican, hilarious. Except for the part where us taxpayers pay for this.

  • mvirenicus

    my question remains.  is this done in ohio?  if so, things have degenerated far worse than even i thought.

  • http://twitter.com/dcviper985 David Corey

    Is what done, getting a warrant to gather evidence? Why, yes, yes it is. I’m still at a loss to understand why you think this is somehow a bad thing?

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t matter if he drove into Ohio while being pursued by Indiana police.  The Indiana policeman had reason to believe that a crime was committed in Indiana.  Again, I learned this the hard way when driving across an intersection from Westerville into Columbus with plates expired for 8 months.  (I was having neurological problems and not driving at all) when my plates expired.

  • Anonymous

    Would you rather that law enforcement officers anywhere had the right to seize your blood without a warrant or your consent?  Putz.

  • Random Thoughts

    Why are you working so hard to defend him? Do you drink and drive on a regular basis? You sure seem to know a lot about the state of mind of a person who’s been picked up for DUI.

    And here’s an idea… if you hate America so much, then LEAVE.

  • mvirenicus

    i don’t understand why government entities have the right to seize blood, period.  clown(s).

  • mvirenicus

    go fuck yourself.

  • Anonymous

    there would be records of his entries and exits from the state parking garage, if someone feels like requesting them. Maybe some journalists aren’t busy?

  • Anonymous

    it’s actually across the Ohio river from Kentucky. It’s about 30 miles from Ohio.

  • Xx

    BJ in the car….

  • Anonymous

    To be honest, I’m shocked the Cincinnati Stinkwire covered it at all.

  • mvirenicus

    yeah, i’m bitter because i don’t like the fascist police.  here’s news for all of ya:  some of us have a functioning brain and something called principles.

    disclaimer:  i have never had legal problems involving alcoholic beverages and i’m about as close to a tea-totaler as one can get w/o being a total abstainer.   now get back to sticking your noses into other people’s business just like the republicans.

  • mvirenicus

    what is a chemical test?  is this the blood test? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-You/100001052835864 Josh You

    If Meck had had any brains he would have said he was going for coffee and donuts and would have asked the cop if he wanted some.

  • Anonymous

    Good. Ohio could use a few less Republican representatives from what I’ve been hearing!

  • Anonymous

    And how “chilling” would it have been if this drunk killed someone YOU loved? You haven’t any defense for this jerk.

  • mvirenicus

    he could wipe out the entire human race for all i care.

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