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Strauss Arrested for Drunk Driving

Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss was arrested for drunk driving on Oct. 1, according to court records.

The arrest took place on the 2000 block of Calvert Street NW, on or near the Duke Ellington Bridge between Woodley Park and Adams Morgan. Records contain few further details regarding the circumstances of the arrest.

Strauss, an attorney by trade, was charged with driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, and operating while impaired—three offenses with different definitions under District law, yet routinely charged together after drunk-driving arrests. According to the court documents, this is the first time Strauss has been charged with DWI. He is due to be arraigned on Thursday, Nov. 6.

It's not his first arrest, though. In July 2005, he was detained on a disorderly conduct charge after "confronting officers as they arrested another man," according to a contemporary account. Regarding that arrest, Strauss told a previous LL, "I was just trying to be helpful," Strauss says. "I was asking basic questions like 'Where are you taking him?'"

Strauss, a Democrat, is seeking, and is likely to win, a third six-year term in next Tuesday's election. LL left a phone message for him last night; Strauss sent a text message in response asking about the nature of the inquiry. LL sent a text message back telling Strauss he was asking about the Oct. 1 arrest. No response came.

Readers may wonder: Why is LL breaking this story a month after the incident in question and days before the election? That's because LL was informed of the court proceeding by an anonymous tipster on Wednesday. Strauss' name had been entered into the Superior Court docket system as "STRAVSS," which would have foiled any earlier attempts at due diligence.

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  • bendygirl

    Damn, where were the police when he pulled a u-ee on 13th onto Pennsylvania (yeah, you can't turn left there). I thought a DUI or DWI (what's the right phraseology here?) would mean a suspended license. Since the illegal (semi u-ee, more of an illegal left) turn happened last week, I'm more curious as to why he's driving around. Do defendants keep their license between arrest and then arrainment (for him the 6th of Nov)?

  • daheyell

    He seems like an arrogant jerk who beleives he is a shoo-in for election.

  • JB

    Silly LL, laws don't apply to Democrats.

  • DC109

    If he is convicted of this offense,the shadow senator should step down but who will appoint the next Senator? The Mayor or the Chairperson of the Council or the Chairperson DC Democratic State Committee? Or an expensive special election? Hmmm.....

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  • DC Local

    It seems like Strauss wants to be famous for being the first DC Senator. He is very arrogant and acts like laws do not apply to him because he is a shadow senator.
    Strauss wants to recieve credit for helping DC obtain voting rights even though groups like DC Vote do all the hard work and provide all the money for the movement. Eugine Kinlow shoud have ran against the Shadow Senator so DC would have been represented with real honesty, integrity and experience. DC needs someone who will represent it, not another erogant politician seeking to become famous for something that so many other people have worked for.
    Also, What kind of example is this for DC kids? Politicians are suppose to uphold and follow the law. Politicians are not elected to endanger citizens on the road.
    A shadow senator should not use their status to abuse power.

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  • Sluml

    Paul Strauss is a good guy who has worked hard for DC. If he is guilty remember everyone makes mistakes. He works hard for good causes and rarely gets credit.

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