ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Sunset Hills police have asked county police to take over the investigation of their boss, Mayor Mark Furrer, who is accused of smacking a cyclist off his bike in an act of road rage.
Sunset Hills police chief William LeGrand said his staff was doing a fair job investigating their boss.
“Well, this whole thing is about perception. And those of you that follow social media know that there’s been a huge firestorm about that,” LeGrand said.
The cyclist’s attorney, Michelle Funkenbush, said officers on the scene went easy on the mayor.
“Even with witness statements that showed his intent as to commit a crime, they let him leave, within minutes,” she said. “They kept the victim and the witnesses there for an hour and a half. They did not give him any ticket. They didn’t arrest him.”
During a news conference Thursday, LeGrand was asked why officers at the crash site didn’t ticket the mayor for leaving the scene of an accident.
“He returned in a couple of minutes. That’s not leaving a scene,” he said.
Funkenbush said the mayor sped away and had to be chased down to come back.
“And once the mayor realized – and one of the witnesses will tell you that – that he was basically caught … he came back,” she said.
Funkenbush said Sunset Hills police also weakened the case by failing to adminster a sobriety test. LeGrand said there was no indication Furrer had been drinking.
“Well I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t ram my Mercedes into anything if I was sober,” Funkenbush said.
“There were no indicia of intoxication at the time this incident occurred,” LeGrand responded. “If you don’t have indicia of intoxication, you don’t do a breath test.”
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