John McGee, Idaho State Senator, Arrested For Drunk Driving, Grand Larceny

Senator Charged With Felony

John McGee, a four-term Republican state senator from Idaho, was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of grand theft and for driving under the influence.

According to Sgt. Carlos De Leon with the Ada County Sheriff, McGee began drinking at a Boise golf course at about 10 p.m. Saturday. McGee left the clubhouse just before 3 a.m. and came upon a Ford Excursion with the keys inside and a 20-foot travel trailer attached in the area near the Muir Woods Subdivision in southwest Boise. McGee drove off in the vehicle, which had the keys inside.

McGee tried to turn the vehicle and trailer around in a long driveway on Knapp Place near Victory Road. The Excursion and travel trailer ended up jack-knifed in the driveway.

According to, the senator then exited the Excursion and walked up and down the street several times only to get back in the SUV and fall asleep. Two kids who were in the house where the Excursion got stuck called the police.

McGee, whose blood alcohol level was .15, allegedly told authorities he was on his way to Jackpot, Nev., a city about 180 miles southeast of Boise that's known for gaming.

McGee, 38, represents District 10, an area of approximately 50,000 people in Southwest Idaho. He is the Idaho Senate GOP Caucus Chairman.

According to the senator's website, he is also the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and was the 2006 Idaho State Republican Legislator of the Year. Additionally, he is chairman of the Regional Substance Abuse Authority Legislative Committee.

McGee's arraignment is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

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