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Kansas Rep. Aaron Coleman arrested for allegedly driving under influence

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Posted at 6:01 PM, Nov 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-28 21:16:42-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas state Rep. Aaron Coleman, of Kansas City, Kansas, was arrested at 1 a.m. on Saturday in Douglas County for allegedly driving under the influence.

Coleman was taken to Douglas County Jail by Kansas State Highway Patrol.

He was released around 1:30 p.m. Saturday after paying the $250 bond.

“Mr. Coleman’s most recent arrest is further evidence that he is not fit to serve in the Kansas House of Representatives and that his continued presence in the Legislature is a disservice to his constituents," Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said in a statement. "He should resign immediately and seek the treatment that he needs. If he does not resign, the Legislature should use its process to remove him from office.”

Kansas Democratic officials have previously called for Coleman's resignation multiple times.

"I want to reiterate what I have said in the past: It is clear that Representative Coleman is in dire need of help," Kansas House Democratic Leader Tom Sawyer said in a release. "For the sake of the state of Kansas, his constituents and himself, he should resign and concentrate on getting the help he badly needs. The stress of the legislature is not a healthy environment for someone in this mental state."

Coleman has represented Kansas' 37th District in the state House of Representatives since November 2020.

Previously this month, Coleman was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, accused of sexual harassment and made threats against Kelly.