LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV/AP) — Kansas City councilman and mayoral candidate Quinton Lucas was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in downtown Lawrence, according to jail records.
Lucas, 34, of Kansas City, was booked into the Douglas County Jail early Friday morning near Eighth and New Hampshire streets, jail records state.
He was released on bond and ordered to appear in municipal court in November on the misdemeanor charge.
Lucas told The Lawrence Journal-World he had been drinking and decided he shouldn’t drive back to Kansas City. But he says he never moved his vehicle from the public spot where it was parked and “dozed off” in his car.
He says plans to contest the DUI charge.
Lawrence police said they responded to a call about an unconscious driver downtown around 11:30 p.m. They found Lucas inside his vehicle parked on the street and arrested him after questioning, because they thought he was under the influence.
Lucas issued the following statement on Facebook on Friday:
“Last night there was an incident in which I made the responsible choice not to drink and drive.
Last evening, I attended a university event and a post event gathering. I consumed alcohol. At 10:45pm, I decided to leave. When I got to my car I decided that I was not prepared to safely drive home to Kansas City. I decided to behave responsibly and wait in my car until it was safe to drive. Apparently, while waiting, I dozed off. I never moved or attempted to drive my car.
The car was legally parked in a metered parking spot. I never moved my car, never shifted a gear, never released my parking break, and never attempted to move the car in any manner.
After I had drinks last evening, I chose not to drive.
Around 11:30pm, a policeman approached my car and apparently found my behavior suspicious. Here is what I do know, I have the utmost respect for the men and women of the Lawrence Police Department and the policeman involved. He was courteous throughout, as was I. What I also know is that in making the critical decision not to drive last evening, I behaved responsibly.
I look forward to resolving this issue and explaining the responsible choice I made not to drive under the influence.”
A source told KCTV5 News that the event he was at a social event for the law school at the Jayhawk Club.
Lucas would not comment about the arrest on camera and his statement does not say whether his keys were in the ignition. He did say that he looks forward to resolving the issue.
As of 5 p.m. on Friday, he had not been officially charged with a crime.
Lucas is a law lecturer at the University of Kansas, where he had previously been an associated professor. He was elected to the Kansas City council in 2015.
He announced over the summer that he was running for mayor of Kansas City in 2019.