• Toby Morton

Professional Criminal

Lauren Boebert's Criminal past isn't that far into the past.

In September 2010, Boebert was arrested after a neighbor, Michele Soet, accused Boebert’s two pit bulls of attacking Soet’s dog. Soet’s dog narrowly escaped injury after jumping into a van. The future legislator pleaded guilty to a single count of “dog at large,” paying a $75 fine.


Back in June 2015, Boebert was cuffed for disorderly conduct at a country music festival near Grand Junction, Colo., after police said she attempted to interfere in the arrest of minors busted for underage drinking and encouraged the accused to run off.


Around 9 p.m. on June 20, 2015, Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies noticed that Boebert, then 28, was shouting at several people detained at a command post who’d been arrested on suspicion of underage drinking at the festival, according to two deputy statements. A sergeant “had to physically push her backwards” as Boebert ran into the command post, one deputy wrote. She was yelling “something to the affect (sic) of ‘they didn’t read you your Miranda Rights so that is an illegal detention,'” according to the statement. Boebert was “trying to get subjects to leave the custody of law enforcement,” another deputy wrote. “Lauren continued yelling and causing the underage drinkers to become unruly,” the first statement reported. “Lauren’s behavior was becoming likely to cause a disorderly response from those in the area attending the concert.”


When Boebert didn’t stop yelling after being asked multiple times by law enforcement, two deputies “advised her she was under arrest for disorderly conduct” and handcuffed her, according to the statement.

“Lauren began yelling that we did not read her her Miranda Rights and the arrest was illegal,” the deputy said. “Lauren said multiple times that she had friends at Fox News and that the arrest would be national news.”

The second deputy said Boebert had recognized a friend who was under arrest at the underage drinking command post, suggesting that was what spurred her outburst. That deputy also said Boebert tried to walk away to avoid arrest and began to “twist away” when they attempted to handcuff her.


Boebert at first refused to provide identifying details, the deputy said, but “reluctantly” gave her name and personal information when she was told she’d be taken to jail if she refused. “Lauren then began stating again that we illegally arrested her and that she was going to have Fox News and every reporter at the court house,” the report said.


Boebert was given a court summons and released but later failed to appear for two separate hearings in the case, court records show.


A year later, in September 2016, Boebert was charged with careless driving and operating an unsafe vehicle after rolling her truck into a ditch, police said. When she failed to show up for court a month later, a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was booked on Feb. 13, 2017. She ultimately pleaded guilty to the unsafe vehicle charge and paid $123.50 in fines and court costs. The careless driving charge was dismissed.






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