Council candidate Velazquez accused of DUI

This according to the P-I. This is West Seattle-notable not just because Venus Velazquez has West Seattle community ties, but she also was scheduled to be part of tonight’s candidates’ forum at the Alki Community Center. 12:55 UPDATE: Velazquez comments in this Times article.

11 Replies to "Council candidate Velazquez accused of DUI"

  • MargL October 18, 2007 (12:55 pm)

    Gah – if we can’t trust these people to be smart enough to make the simple decision to Take A CAB how can we trust them to make decisions about anything else?

  • Dis October 18, 2007 (2:02 pm)

    I Venus Velazquez but I won’t vote for someone who can’t keep it together. No way to spin this one….she just handed councildom to Harrell on a silver platter. (unless Harrell gets arrested for DV!) I feel sorry for her and the consequences in her family, especially her kids. stupid. stupid. stupid.

  • Dis October 18, 2007 (2:03 pm)

    that was, “I like Venus Velazquez.”

  • villagegreen October 18, 2007 (2:24 pm)

    I realize her campaign is over and there’s no good way to spin this, but who amongst us hasn’t had a few drinks during the evening and then driven home? Who knows how many she actually had, but it is possible to get a DUI while thinking you’re perfectly ok to drive. Not that I’ve ever gotten one, but supposedly two drinks within the span of an hour can actually put some people over the legal limit (depending on your weight). I know I’ve driven after two drinks.

    Obviously she should have gotten a cab or had someone else drive her. At the same time, I really don’t see how this relates to public policy decisions. If you agree with her past policy decisions then I see no reason why you wouldn’t be able to trust her future policy decisions (DUI or no DUI).

  • Ken Davis October 18, 2007 (2:30 pm)


    I still have her sign up but I suspect the rising wind will make that a moot point pretty soon.

    “For an actress to be a success she
    must have the face of Venus,
    the brains of Minerva, the grace
    of Terpsichore, the memory of
    Macaulay, the figure of Juno,
    and the hide of a rhinoceros.”

    — Ethel Barrymore

  • s October 18, 2007 (2:36 pm)

    Villagegreen–yes, I’ve driven after a few beers, but that was in college. I was young and stupid. There’s no excuse for drinking and driving. It shows a lack of judgment.

  • Mickymse October 18, 2007 (4:43 pm)

    I find it rather difficult to pass judgment knowing no details other than her being ticketed. Was she .81 or much higher? Was she stopped randomly, or was she actually driving recklessly? (Incidentally, you can be stopped and cited for DWI under the legal limit if you’ve been drinking and an officer thinks you’re driving recklessly.)

  • Mickymse October 18, 2007 (4:47 pm)

    Doh! Should have followed the link first. It’s been updated with more details since I first read it…

    Sounds like she wasn’t drunk but had been drinking. It’s doing 20 over the speed limit that pisses me off. It’s like all the annoying drivers who fly past me on the Bridge and 35th Ave!

  • Kayleigh October 18, 2007 (6:35 pm)

    I haven’t “had a few drinks and driven home”. Not one time.

    Wouldn’t vot for her if you paid me.

  • MargL October 20, 2007 (12:34 am)

    Jamieson in the PI has interesting commentary –

  • VoteforVenus October 21, 2007 (7:30 pm)

    I love Venus’ apology/non-apology. She really is carrying herself with the arrogance of an elected official, the one thing is that she hasn’t been elected yet. She should take notes from Bush, i.e. the cops were liberals from the New York Times out to get her and going 50 mph and swerving on the Ballard Bridge is good for America, no matter how many lives are lost. Venus, yer a good American!

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