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Legislator announces own arrest on drunken-driving charge

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 25, 2009 - State Rep. Tim Meadows, D-Imperial, has announced that he was arrested Friday night on a drunken-driving charge.

Meadows is apparently of the mind that it's best if the bearer of bad political news is the one who will have to bear it

“Late Friday evening I was arrested in Imperial on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. I am deeply sorry this incident occurred and sincerely apologize to my family and to my constituents," Meadows said in a statement issued Sunday.

"This has never happened in the past, and it certainly won’t happen again in the future. As this case in now a matter for the judicial system, my attorney has advised me to make no further comment at this time.”

Meadows is certainly not the first area legislator to face a drunken-driving charge, but he is among the few who have announced their arrest before police -- or political rivals -- did.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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