County Commissioner Responds After DA's Decision

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The 4th Judicial DA

Image from Pueblo County sheriff's deputy's dash cam

A Pueblo County commissioner at the center of an 11 Call For Action investigation is speaking out.

Buffie McFadyen was found sitting behind the wheel of her parked SUV last January. The deputy who found her thought she was drunk but did not give her a sobriety test, instead letting her get a ride home. The whole incident was caught on the deputy's dash cam, obtained by 11 News.

The 4th Judicial DA's Office decided not to press charges, citing insufficient evidence. The DA's office said since there was "no roadside conducted, no chemical tests required, no driving observed--there was no enough evidence to consider."

McFadyen released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

Do I believe I was given special treatment?

The “night that nothing happened” occurred in January 2013. The press covered this story in November 2013, almost a year later. In addition, I was not intoxicated which is clearly evident from the recording.

At twelve minutes and twenty-nine seconds (12:29) into the recording, one of the deputies says to other, “if she starts the car, then you pop her." The deputy’s tone was very similar to the famous Clint Eastwood quote: “go ahead and make my day." The deputies were just doing their jobs as they would with anyone else.

Has this incident hurt my reputation?

Absolutely not. The public can view the video themselves; and with your assistance, most have. The public has made its judgment. The persistent effort to portray me in a bad light has angered the public. Emails and calls to my office have run 20-1 in support of my work on behalf of the citizens Pueblo County.

I’m an elected official, that’s the job I’ve chosen. The spotlight some days can be pleasant and some days unpleasant, just like any other job. Today is pleasant.

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