Press Statement –
On July 16, 2016, Abe Laydon was pulled over at a sobriety checkpoint in Denver. He agreed to a roadside test and refused a chemical test. As a result of the refusal, he was automatically charged with a DUI, which was later pled down to a DWAI. Laydon has issued the following statement regarding this incident:
On the evening of July 16, 2016, I was driving home from a dinner in downtown Denver when I was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint. Prior to driving my car, I felt sober and lucid to drive. I agreed to a roadside test but I did make the decision to stand up for my Fourth Amendment constitutional rights and refuse a chemical test. I was automatically charged with a DUI as a result of the refusal, which I later pled down to a DWAI.
I made a mistake, and I take this incident very seriously. The bottom line is that driving when you have any alcohol in your system is never okay, and I am sorry for my actions. My conduct carried with it consequences which I have fully and completely addressed. I’ve learned a lot from this, and I hope you will forgive me. This experience has frankly made me a better candidate, a better person, a wiser County leader, and a more informed public servant.
Over the next two months, we have a very important campaign ahead for Douglas County Commissioner and it is important for me to always be fully truthful and transparent with you. I am running because I am the most qualified person for the position and because I care about you, my neighbors, and the community I live in. I look forward to talking and listening to all of you, the Douglas County voters, and presenting to you my qualifications and vision for leading Douglas County forward as your County Commissioner.