Kansas leader displayed abusive behavior after arrest for drunken driving.

After refusing to take a breathalyzer test, Gene Suellentrop, Republican Majority Leader of the Kansas Senate, became abusive to a state trooper as well as exhibited "threatening behavior" to phlebotomist in a Topeka hospital.


State News

April 8, 2021 - 4:15 PM

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A powerful Kansas lawmaker accused of drunken driving had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit and taunted the Highway Patrol officer who arrested him last month for allegedly speeding the wrong way on an interstate, according to documents released Thursday.

Kansas GOP Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop faces five counts, including a felony fleeing to avoid arrest and a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge stemming from his March 16 arrest on Interstate 70 in Topeka. 

An affidavit submitted by Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Austin Shepley said tests indicated Suellentrop’s blood alcohol level was .17. The legal limit is .08. 

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