Records obtained by Plunderbund show that Robert Mecklenborg renewed his Ohio driver’s license four days after his DUI arrest in Indiana and lied about the arrest on the application form.
Here’s a quick timeline of the events:
- On April 1st, 2011, Robert Mecklenborg’s Ohio driver’s license expired.
- On April 23rd, 2011, Mecklenborg was arrested in Indiana (with the expired license) for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and for endangering the 26 year old, likely stripper, in his car. Mr. Mecklenborg’s court date isn’t until July 26th, 2011. The case is still pending.
- On April 27th, 2011, Mecklenborg renewed his Ohio license at the BMV office on Harrison Avenue in Cincinnati and, in doing so, claimed he did NOT have any pending citations in another state.
The Ohio BMV’s “Application for Driver’s License” form lists a series of statements including:
“I do NOT have a pending citation for a violation of any motor vehicles law or ordinance in this or any other state.”
It then requires the applicant to “attest that all of the above is true and accurate.”
Mecklenborg signed the document and lied about his arrest. According to the form, “giving false information is subject to prosecution” under ORC 2913.42.
It’s still unclear whether the Indiana police kept his license when he was arrested, but it’s likely Meckleborg should not have have been able to renew his Ohio license either way – and the only way he did was by lying on the application form.
You can view the license application here.
We bring this up not specifically to embarrass Mr. Mecklenborg further, but to a. show that Mecklenborg continued to break the law after his original arrest and b. to point out the absolute hypocrisy of his previous statements regarding his voter ID bill.
You see, Robert Mecklenborg introduced a bill, HB 159, which would have required a state issued photo ID to vote.
When asked about the likelihood that his bill would disenfranchise many people including seniors, students, military personnel and minority voters, Mecklenborg responded: “there is no reason there shouldn’t be 100 percent (voter) participation.”
I’m guessing he can think of at least one reason now.
Rumors have been flying around for days that Mecklenborg is going to resign. Speaker Batchelder finally came forward yesterday and called for his resignation.
DUI. Stripper. And now lying about the arrest on his Ohio license application.
Let the countdown begin.