LAWRENCE, Kan. — A Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper pulled his gun on a state representative when he refused to follow instructions during a traffic stop.
It happened in November when the trooper stopped state Rep. Aaron Coleman in Lawrence. The trooper recognized the driver as Coleman “because he stopped to assist him with a tire change on the Pontiac on [November 20, 2020],” according to court documents.
According to the newly released affidavit, Coleman, 21, was driving 92 mph in a 75 mph zone. The trooper also reported Coleman straddled the yellow line and drove more than half-way onto the left shoulder as he passed the trooper.
The trooper reported he put on his lights and sirens, but Coleman didn’t stop. Instead, he entered the exit ramp from Interstate 70 to McDonalds Drive outside of Lawrence. He said Coleman continued up the ramp, navigated the round-about, and pulled into a driving lane for garage access instead of parking in a marked space.
The affidavit shows Coleman abruptly got out of his car holding a black object in his hand.
The trooper reported he immediately put his car in reverse and backed up to create distance between his patrol car and Coleman. He got out of his car and drew his pistol, according to the court documents. He them ordered Coleman to get back into his car while pointing the pistol at him.
The trooper reported he noticed the object was a cell phone. Coleman bent over and put the phone on the ground. He then stood back up, put both hands over his head and said “Ok! Ok, man! Hands up! Don’t shoot! What do you want?! What’s going on?!” But did not follow directions to get back into the car, according to the affidavit.
The paperwork also reported Coleman exhibited erratic behavior.
Coleman was asked to walk to the back of his car, but instead he walked in circles with his arms raised above his head.
Additional officers arrived at the scene and arrested Coleman.
That’s when the trooper reported he recognized Coleman because he’d helped him change his tire a year before.
Coleman was charged with speeding and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
He was also charged with domestic violence in October in an unrelated case.
Coleman currently represents areas of Kansas City, Kansas, including the Argentine Neighborhood and Turner.
Faith Rivera is running to unseat Coleman from the Kansas House. She is a pharmacy tech and a single mom who says she got politically active out of disgust of Coleman’s behavior which has included revenge porn, an arrest in Overland Park after allegedly hitting and spitting at his brother, and this most recent situation.
“Now we don’t have any representation because of the fact that he doesn’t have any seats, he’s not on any committees. You know, so, he’s just taking up air,” Rivera said.
“I really think he hasn’t stepped aside is because of the fact that, for one, he has to admit that he’s wrong. And that, you know, because he’s been so gung-ho on ‘Oh I didn’t do this. Oh yeah I did do this but I’m sorry and I apologize’ and stuff like that,” Rivera said.
“I think it has to be the fact that obviously he’s a bad leader,” Rivera said.
Coleman did not responded to request for comment following the release of these new court documents.
Rivera is running against him as a Democrat with the Democratic primary set for August 2.
Monday the Kansas Democratic Party suspended Coleman for two years. It means he cannot participate in party events, serve in an elected or appointed capacity within the party, or using party resources for a campaign.
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