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Barnstable County Commissioner Arrested for OUI

County Commissioner Sheila Lyons was arrested Tuesday night for OUI after police say she failed a series of sobriety tests.

Eastham police arrested County Commissioner Sheila Lyons Tuesday November 20 for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Cape Cod Times.
 
According to a police report Lyons stumbled when she was asked to get out of the car and failed five field sobriety tests. During one test Lyons started to fall towards an officer and then began to dance after regaining her balance.
 
Eastham police allege Lyons registered a blood alcohol level of .19 and .20 on Breathalyzer tests, more than twice the legal limit of .08.
 
Lyons is charged with OUI and a marked lanes violation.  A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for December 21. Lyons told the Cape Cod Times she plans to plead guilty to the charges.
 
Lyons was re-elected to serve as county commissioner earlier this month.

Nancy Palmer-White December 02, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Dee Dee, oh Dee Dee, nothing personal about dear one. Ask the Republicans who are actually pushing for the Route 6 Dancing Queen to resign. They are sure to say there is nothing personal as well.
Taryn Thoman December 02, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Voters were impressed enough with Lyons to recently re-elect her. It's up to the voters, not a few hostile or holier than thou rivals to remove her. She may choose to resign on her own, or the voters may force her out of office. Unlike a lot of politicians, she admitted fault and immediately took responsibility for her actions. Let the voters decide her political future.
RON BEATY December 02, 2012 at 06:40 PM
...just so everyone will be aware of it, there is NO RECALL ELECTION MECHANISM in the Barnstable County Home Rule Charter. I had two lawyers look it it, and am presently seeking the Assembly of Delegates to address the matter. Apparently as a result of some rather sloppy drafting of the original legislation the term "recall" was left in the title caption of Article 7, but either the process was never put into place OR it was, but had been removed at the final state of approval in the State House back in 1988 or earlier. So, it looks like the County Assembly is simply going to amend the County Charter in order to completely remove the term Recall from the title caption. That is where things seem to stand at this point...
Nancy Palmer-White December 03, 2012 at 03:02 PM
MORE SUPPORT FOR LYONS THAN NOT... CAPE COD TODAY, 12/03/2012 - "Support for County Commissioner Lyons accused of OUI outweighs denunciations" http://www.capecodtoday.com/news/letters/2012/12/03/support-for-county-commissioner-accused
Taryn Thoman December 03, 2012 at 05:51 PM
In the absence of a recall provision in the county charter, if they really wanted to, voters could probably force Lyons to resign with pressure via petition, letters, the press, and/or public comment. It seems enough for most folks that Lyons is human, she's admitted to making a serious mistake, and she's going to face substantial consequences through the court system. It's unlikely that a substantial effort will be launched against Lyons on this issue. Most of the armchair judges saying how things "should" be done rarely ever DO anything towards making them happen.

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