House panel receives Bradford traffic stop report

DENVER — The Denver Police Department has turned over all of the information it has about the January traffic stop of Rep. Laura Bradford to a House ethics panel looking into suspected drunken driving and improper use of a legislative immunity law by Bradford.

That’s why the five-member panel scheduled its second meeting for Friday, rather than next week as initially planned.

The panel asked Denver police for all of the information it has about Bradford’s traffic stop, which it initially said centered on possible drunken driving and a legislative immunity clause. The Police Department later retracted those claims and apologized to Bradford.

The information it received, which the committee shared with Bradford, is a copy of her traffic citation and a recording of police dispatch radio transmissions during the traffic stop.

The transmissions only include a police officer requesting a supervisor to come to the scene where Bradford was pulled over.

Bradford said the material from the police shows there was no legislative wrongdoing and no reason to continue the ethics probe.

The committee also asked Bradford for copies of any documents she wished to present to show where she was before the traffic stop.

Bradford’s attorney, Richard Byrans, said Bradford wouldn’t present any documents while her traffic court matters are pending. Byrans already told the panel that the House investigation is ridiculous and should be dropped.

Bradford is to appear in court over the tickets, which were for suspicion of improper lane change and careless driving, on March 2.


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