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Mon., June 20, 2011, 2:37 p.m.

McGee’s attorney: Medical issue involved

KTVB-TV is reporting that state Sen. John McGee's attorney, Scott McKay, said at McGee's arraignment this afternoon that a medical issue was involved in McGee's behavior over the weekend when, in a bizarre incident, he was arrested sleeping in a stranger's SUV, towing a cargo trailer, after he'd jackknifed it in a neighbor's yard. Police say McGee had been drinking at a golf course Saturday night, before being found in the SUV in the early-morning hours Sunday. He was arraigned this afternoon on charges of misdemeanor drunken driving and taking a vehicle without the owner's consent causing damage, a felony, the Associated Press reports. Here's a link to KTVB's report. McGee's bond was set at $5,000; he's a fourth-term Republican senator who serves as the Senate majority caucus chairman and has long been rumored as a candidate for higher office.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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