After spending 24 hours in the Ada County lockup, Idaho Sen. John McGee was released on a $5,000 bond this afternoon, following his arraignment on DUI and grand theft charges.
With his wife, Hanna, his parents, brother and family clergy looking on, McGee appeared in Ada County Court through a video link from the Ada County Jail. McGee's attorney, Scott McKay, did all of the talking on behalf of his client, telling Magistrate Judge Kevin Swain that this was McGee's first run-in with the law. McKay asked for little to no bail, but Swain sided with prosecutors that bond be set at $5,000 due to the "seriousness" of the charges.
McGee was arrested early Sunday morning after police found him passed out in the backseat of an SUV with a 20-foot trailer that had been jack-knifed. Ada County Sheriff's deputies said the vehicle had been stolen, and McGee registered a .15 blood alcohol level, nearly twice the legal driving limit.
McGee's preliminary hearing is set for July 1.
McGee is a four-term state senator, serving citizens of Caldwell, Greenleaf and Wilder in Idaho District 10. At the beginning of the 2011 Idaho Legislature, McGee was chosen to serve as majority caucus leader. He currently sits on three committees: local government and taxation, state affairs, and transportation. He is also chairman of the Canyon County Republicans and is chairman of the College of Idaho board of trustees.