Congressional candidate in Colorado GOP primary was arrested for driving drunk, carrying gun in 2022

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Posted at 7:00 AM, Jan 18, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-19 19:40:49-05

Colorado House Minority Leader Mike Lynch, who is running for Congress, was arrested in 2022 on suspicion of drunken driving and possessing a firearm while intoxicated, according to previously unreported law enforcement records.

A Colorado State Patrol report details the arrest of Lynch, a Wellington Republican, on Sept. 30, 2022. He was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of driving while ability impaired. Lynch was sentenced to 18 months of probation, which is still active, with monitored sobriety.

He received a deferred sentence for the weapons charge but was barred from possessing firearms and ordered to complete a handgun safety course.

Lynch, 54, declared his candidacy earlier this month for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, a fellow Republican, in the 4th Congressional District. The primary is crowded, with at least 10 Republicans running — including U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert after she decided to switch districts to run in the more conservative CD4.

Lynch admitted to making a mistake during an interview with The Denver Post on Wednesday morning. He said he’d learned from the arrest while following all the requirements of his sentence.

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