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Jan 28, 2012 10:44 AM by Matt Stafford

CO legislator loses committee chair position over traffic stop

DENVER (AP) - Police say a law designed to protect Colorado lawmakers' ability to travel to and from the statehouse to cast their vote prevented police from determining whether one lawmaker was driving drunk.

Police ticketed Rep. Laura Bradford, a Republican from Grand Junction, with illegal lane change and improper turn Wednesday.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson says the officer smelled alcohol on Bradford and administered a sobriety test. The officer would have had to arrest Bradford to administer a blood or breath alcohol test, but couldn't because of the law. Bradford parked her car and took a cab.

House Republicans Friday suspended Bradford of her chairmanship of the Local Government Committee.

In a statement released through the House majority communications director's office, Bradford said: "I understand the Speaker's decision, and I look forward to having the facts brought to light."

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