A former Pennsylvania attorney general once hailed as a “great Democrat” who would “stand up for consumers and people” by former President Bill Clinton was arrested Friday following a DUI charge that resulted in a two-car collision.
Kathleen Kane, 55, once had a promising political future. She was the first woman elected to the office of attorney general in Pennsylvania in 2012 after previously working on the campaign for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton’s (D) 2008 presidential campaign.
However, in early March, she ran afoul of the law once more when she was “charged with drunken driving and careless driving,” while serving out her probation related to a 2016 sentencing of felony perjury and abusing the power of her office, according to the Associated Press.
On March 12, police arrived on the scene of a two-car accident in Scranton, PA to find Kane behind the wheel of her Audi smelling of alcohol. When asked if she had been drinking, Kane reportedly responded, “It’s totally not me,” and pointed to her passenger as being the inebriated one. The driver of the other vehicle had indicated that he had also smelled the alcohol on the former AG as soon as she opened her car door when he approached her after the accident.
Reports allege that Kane offered to pay for the damages to the other vehicle and that she sprayed perfume on herself in an effort to douse the smell of alcohol before the other motorist summoned the police. Officers described her as having bloodshot, watery eyes and remaining somewhat incoherent as she slurred words like “designated.” She failed a field sobriety test and refused a blood test, according to Fox 29.
The former top cop of Pennsylvania turned herself over to the police after a Montgomery County judge issued a bench warrant for her arrest. She is being held at the Montgomery County Correctional facility outside Philadelphia, PA.
At present, she is expected to appear at a hearing on May 26 pertaining to her drunken driving charge, but a hearing has yet to be set for her violating her probation. After serving 23 months in jail for the perjury and obstruction charges that also included leaking grand jury materials, Kane was released in 2019 with probation remaining in effect until Oct. 2025.
During her original sentencing, Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy said, “This case is about ego – ego of a politician consumed with her image from Day One. And instead of focusing solely on the business of fighting crime, her focus was on defeating these perceived enemies.”
Those perceived enemies had included a former prosecutor who leaked the news that Kane was shutting down a sting operation meant to identify politicians accepting bribes after nearly 400 hours of audio and video only implicated Democratic politicians as being guilty of corruption. While her office was faced with the ramifications of this corruption, the AP reported Kane had temporarily fled to Haiti.
In his endorsement of Kane for Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, President Clinton stated, “Kathleen is a great Democrat who understands that an Attorney General’s job is to stand up for consumers and people.”
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