Ohio Rep Arrested for DUI With Young Woman Who's Not His Wife in Car



Family man.
  • Family man.

So what is Ohio state Rep. Bob Mecklenborg (R-Green Township) up to when he’s not busy advocating government intrusion into the sex lives of Ohio’s women and suggesting that pro-choice advocates share ideals with Nazi Germany’s Third Reich? The Cincinnati-area attorney, husband and father of three is a staunch “family-values” conservative, so you probably know exactly where this is leading.

Mecklenborg wasn’t home holding hands with his wife while watching the History Channel in the wee hours of April 23. Rather, he was in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, a town of 5,000 about 15 minutes drive from Cincinnati, primarily notable as the home of the Hollywood Casino, and … well, let’s have Cincinnati’s WMWT describe the scene:

WLWT has learned that state Rep. Robert Mecklenborg, 59, was arrested on April 23 in Dearborn County, Ind. According to the police report, Mecklenborg was pulled over — in a car with Kentucky license plates — at 2:47 a.m. on U.S. 50 east of Lorey Lane. Mecklenborg was pulled over for a non-functioning headlight, but the arresting officer wrote in the report that he had reason to believe Mecklenborg was intoxicated. The officer described an odor of alcohol and wrote that Mecklenborg had glossy, bloodshot eyes.

Cincinnati.com adds, “The trooper asked him to take a breathalyzer test, but Mecklenborg allegedly refused. [Trooper] McCreary said he failed three field sobriety tests and had poor balance, so McCreary put Mecklenborg under arrest.”

Ohio political blog Plunderbund.com got a hold of Mecklenborg’s arrest record and added more details: a blood test showed Mecklenborg had Viagra in his system, and he was accompanied by 26-year-old Tiona Roberts, who is not his wife. The blog believes Ms. Roberts has connections with Concepts strip club, a few minutes’ drive from where Mecklenborg was stopped.

Plunderbund offers some excuses Mecklenborg could try out on his wife:

“It’s certainly possible that Mecklenborg, 59, and Roberts, 26, are just old friends. Or maybe they met at the local Burger King after bonding over the new Viagra shake. Or maybe he was just giving her a ride to work after her car broke down on Route 50.”

Unless Mrs. Mecklenborg is really gullible, we suspect she won’t fall for these.

Curiously, the incident happened over two months ago, these media reports — the first to come out — all appeared yesterday. — Anastasia Pantsios

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