As we sit around waiting patiently for Robert Mecklenborg’s delayed resignation to take effect, I thought I’d help clear up some questions that came up during our investigation – and also present some of the outstanding questions that still remain with the hope that maybe someone can help me answer them.

For now, let’s focus specifically on the car.

If you remember, Mecklenborg was pulled over while driving a Silver, 2004 Lexus with temporary Kentucky tags.

Earlier in the month Modern raised the question about the car. Given that the temporary plates were from Kentucky, he surmised that the car may have been owned by someone else.

We contacted the Kentucky BMV only to find out that the temporary tag was one of 100 issued to a car dealership in Covington Kentucky. Specifics about the car and the buyer were unavailable. According to Kentucky law, dealers can obtain batches of temporary tags that they can provide to customers who purchase vehicles. And this appears to be exactly what happened in Mecklenborg’s case. The problem, or benefit – depending on your perspective – is that Kentucky temporary tags provided to dealers in batches can’t be directly traced back to the purchaser of the car.

Fortunately records from the Ohio BMV were a little more helpful. According to vehicle registration records, a Lexus of the same color and year was purchased by Mecklenborg on 02/25/2011 and was issued Ohio plates on 03/10/2011 at a BMV office in Loveland, OH.

So we do know that the car was, in fact, owned by Mecklenborg, who also owns two other cars: a 1998 Chevy and a 2004 Toyota.

But this information also raises a couple of other questions:

Why did Mecklenbog buy his car in Kentucky? And, more importantly, why was he still driving around with Kentucky temporary tags two months after buying the car and one month after getting Ohio plates?

Did he misplace the plates? Was he just too lazy to install them? Was someone else driving around in the car? Was he intentionally trying to avoid detection?

I honestly don’t have a good answer for you. But I’m very interested in reading your thoughts in the comments.

And please stick around. Because you think that’s weird? Wait until you see his parking records…

 
  • Hungry Coyote

    A lot of strippers will try to get their sugar daddy to buy them a car.

  • Nope. Standard plates. But good guess.

  • Really? I thought people from Cincy just went to Covington for the strip clubs and cheap liquor? ūüėČ

  • dlw

    Buying the car in KY doesn’t necessarily mean a thing. Some ice did in a car of my parents. They went online and found pretty much the exact same car… at a used dealer in Indianapolis. So they took off for Indy. And frankly, yes, I can completely see someone being too lazy to install their new plates. Hell, I sometimes don’t even get the new sticker onto my plate until after the New Year (mine expires in late December, though I always forget the date, which really screws me on the late fee since we no longer have until the end of the month… but I digress…).

    And… well… do you really think he’s smart enough to know that the temp tag couldn’t be traced back to him? I would have assumed that any temp tag could be connected directly to the owner of the car. I’m guessing most people entertain the same assumption.

  • Annekarina

    Joseph, we can speculate all you want.¬† But in the end, facts are all that matter.¬† It is apparent the facts will not be good.¬† One that sticks out is apparently¬†the gop vetters are decievers and Ohio voters are…well…sorry…yes…some Ohio voters are apparently stupid.¬† They didn’t vet their candidates either or didn’t care or dare.

  • Anonymous

    And cheap cigarettes and cheap hookers….

  • Anonymous

    Where he bought there car may not be valid, but the question of why a west sider went all the way to Loveland to go to the BMV is a valid question.

  • I’m not sure I get this – Temp tags have an expiration date, typically thirty days after purchase, written in big characters. So, were the temp tags expired, and the cops didn’t nail him for that along with the impaired driving?

  • just looked back at the arrest documents – the tags expired on 4/25/11. Is 60 days typical for Kentucky Temp tags?

  • Kentucky Revised Code says the tag “shall be valid for sixty (60) days from the date the vehicle is delivered¬†to the purchaser.”

  • Thanks Joseph.

  • stryx

    My guess is that Meck was in Covington to visit St. Mary’s
    Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, and then accidently bought a Lexus while he was trying to find the on-ramp to the Brent Spence bridge. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_Basilica_of_the_Assumption,_Covington

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