Several of you, and us included, had been wondering why Mecklenborg’s car had temporary Kentucky tags (it was a 2004 Lexus with a broken headlight.)

Perhaps, the reason the answer alluded us is that we assumed too much.

Here’s what we know for sure:

  1. Mecklenborg has an Ohio drivers’ license (that appeared to have been expired at the time of his arrest.)
  2. He was driving a vehicle with a temporary tag issued by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  3. His passenger, Tiona Roberts, produced to the officer a Kentucky drivers’ license.

So, other than the fact that he was the driver, what evidence do we have that the car is Mecklenborg’s?  None.  So, if you take out that assumption that since he was driving it was his car it was his car, what does the available evidence point to?  That it was not his car, but likely Tiona Roberts.

Which then begs the question: where did Mecklenborg leave his car he had to have driven to get to Indiana while driving the car he was arrested in?

Sorry, we were that slow on this one.  Duh.

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  • Anonymous

    This is just speculation, but PERHAPS she worked at the strip bar, they left the strip bar together (for WHATEVER reason) and were returning to the strip bar to get his car. I wonder if there’s any surveillance footage of his vehicle in the area.

  • Anonymous

    So if we can’t vote without a valid Ohio ID, per his new law, (see: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/07/with_drunk_driving_charge_voter_id_bill_sponsor_might_not_have_a_license_anymore.php) can he vote on laws without a current and valid Ohio ID?  Shouldn’t his votes and sponsorship of all laws while he was using an expired ID be revoked?

  • Greg Soper

    This makes no sense.  The car was hers(one would think you would know if your own car had a light out, he did not realize it since it was not his car).

    How long has the GOP leadership known about this?  I believe where there is smoke there is fire.  I have a feeling the leadership did its best to cover it up.  

    This is a case of cops sticking up for cops. Indiana’s Law enforcement(whose Governor tried to do the same thing) released this video in support of Ohio’s law enforcement to show how much disrespect the GOP have for law enforcement in general.

  • mvirenicus

    to celebrate all this broohaha over mecklenborg i’m gonna patronize diamond men’s club in cleveland tonight with a borrowed car.

  • You know, I noticed that when I saw the arrest documents, but I merely chalked it up to the fact that Cincinnati is right across the river from Kentucky. It’s not unreasonable that someone living in Ohio would buy a car in Kentucky. Hell, when I got my car titled and registered, it had temp tags from the Commonwealth of Virginia! But the bit about the girl having a Kentucky license… makes you wonder.

  • Annekarima

    I was wondering the same thing.  This could make one wonder why Husted was so much at odds with that little situation.

  • Anastasjoy

    Actually, you wouldn’t necessarily know your light was out. I didn’t when I was stopped in University Heights a few months ago. They give you a week to get it fixed and come back in with proof that you did and they invalidate the ticket. I did not have a probably stripper in my car, though, and I was not drunk nor did I have any Viagra in my bloodstream. Also my drivers’ license is valid.

  • Anastasjoy

    Well, HE wouldn’t be allowed to rive if his license is expired and he’s about the legal limit. I wonder if he called his wife to come pick him up and what he told HER.

  • Anonymous

    Depends upon how long his driver’s license was expired, too.  If it was more than 90 days and he was stopped in Ohio, they would have hauled his dead ass off to the nearest pokey (and impounded the car he was driving, if it was his car) until someone bailed him out.   I know this from sad experience.

  • Hungry Coyote

    I thought it was unusual that he didn’t pull over for the cop immediately. At first I thought he was just getting off the main highway. But if you look at the video carefully you can see the reflection of the police car’s flashing lights in the road signs and Mecklenborg seems not to notice as he continues to drive and turn off the main road and onto an access road. Finally, he turns into what appears to be a Holiday Inn parking lot and finally realizes the trooper is behind him. Could it be that the Holiday Inn was their actual destination? Can anybody check to see if he rented a room there?

    And finally, if it was anybody else I probably would feel sorry for him, but since he is a public official I feel a need to pile on, if you know what I mean. My point is, considering that he is a lawyer and a state legislator, he sure seemed ignorant about the law. I thought it was common knowledge that if you don’t take a breathalizer the next stop was jail, yet he was claiming he thought he should just be allowed to leave.

  • Anonymous

    He’s a state legislator. If he registers his own car in Kentucky, we should be asking questions.

  • Anonymous

    Given the business Penn National had before the state of Ohio, the whole thing (likely hooker, viagra and a car with KY-plates) smells to me like a “weekend of fun” package deal provided to him by lobbyists for the company in an attempt to gain support for the preferential treatment on the CAT tax that the casinos are looking for.

    After this episode, now that we know Casinos attract strip clubs with staff who will go to the nearest Holiday Inn with middle-aged customers for the right price, I’m really excited that we will soon have 11 of them in Ohio.

  • Well…the address on his license is for a house that is owned by someone else…and isn’t registered as a rental.  Hmmmmm….

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