Cathy Luks, 66, a former mayor of North Royalton, Ohio, was caught on video in a compromising situation as she was arrested following a high-speed chase.
The incident began when officers noticed an expired license plate on her vehicle. Upon being pulled over, Luks displayed signs of confusion and a lack of cooperation, boldly standing up for the rights of highly inebriated and delirious drivers.
“You know what? I was the mayor of the city of North Royalton,” she asserted while handcuffed in the back of a police vehicle. Bodycam footage revealed that Luks disregarded the officer’s instructions and appeared disoriented during the traffic stop.
The situation escalated when an officer informed her, “Because you’re going 43(mph) in a 25(mph) zone, and your plates are expired.” The officer then inquired, “Do you have a driver’s license with you?” To which Luks responded, “No.”
Her subsequent interactions with the officer consisted of a series of refusals, culminating in her rolling up her window and speeding away. This prompted a chase, with speeds reaching up to 65 miles per hour. The pursuit ended abruptly when Luks lost control of her vehicle, crashing into a tow truck in a parking lot.
Upon her arrest, she resisted entering the police vehicle, repeatedly stating, “I want my stuff back.” She further admonished the officers, “What you are doing is wrong. Let me tell you how it works.”
The following day, Luks made an appearance at the Parma Municipal Court. No plea was entered on her behalf. Her charges include operating a vehicle while intoxicated, speeding, having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle and driving with expired license plates. It’s worth noting that her case for noncompliance, a third-degree felony, is anticipated to be presented to a Cuyahoga County grand jury soon.
Luks’ tenure as mayor from 1999 to 2007 was not without its share of controversies. She once labeled complaints by neighbors, who claimed harassment by a local judge in 2003, as “petty.” Additionally, in 2004, she faced a recall effort from residents upset over the city’s alleged negligence in sewer maintenance, which they believed led to extensive area flooding. Luks dismissed these concerns, attributing them to “petty politics.”
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