ELYRIA – Grafton Mayor Megan Flanigan pleaded not guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to stop after an accident and failure to control.
She did not show up at Elyria Municipal Court today for arraignment, and the plea was faxed to the court by her attorney, Daniel Wightman.
Flanigan is accused of hitting a fire hydrant with her Chevrolet sport utility vehicle at the intersection of Fox Run and Hunting Hollow near Flanigan's home in the 1100 block of Fox Run. Police said she denied drinking but had returned to the scene of the accident shortly after 3 a.m. smelling of alcohol.
Flanigan's license plate was found by the hydrant, and the Chevrolet had substantial front-end damage, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.
Flanigan’s case is tentatively set for a pre-trial at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. A $2,230 personal bond was set for the charges.
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