Street-Race Drama; Video Of Mayor Sparks New Spat
Two months after a nearly two-year dispute appeared over among some Casper City Council members, a recently surfaced video laid down some new stripes.
Mayor Paul Meyer was shown arguing if not pushing with some people who allegedly were street racing because it's illegal and dangerous in an area with children.
But councilman Craig Hedquist believes an investigation is warranted because of Meyer's alleged behavior that may have crossed a line of abusing the power of his office.
After Tuesday's council meeting, Hedquist said he recently received the 44-second video Meyer arguing with people in the 700 block of West Yellowstone Highway.
The video shows an angry Meyer arguing with someone, with him saying he's the mayor, and then someone showing him a car. The person who sent him the video made some comments and allegations what happened during the altercation, Hedquist added.
"Since that came to me as a councilman, and it's no secret that there's some legal wrangling between me and the city, I don't feel like I can just hang on to that," Hedquist said. "So I simply forwarded it up the line because I don't think that I should be sitting on something like that if those allegations potentially have any validity to them."
He sent it to his attorney Mike Lansing, asked him to talk to some of the people involved in the incident, and prepare a report, he said. "After looking at that, there were some questions I asked, because if those things were true that were said, there was at least potentially some ethical code violations or issues."
Council will discuss the incident in a work session Tuesday, but Hedquist doesn't expect much, he said. "I don't think what they're proposing is any type of investigation."
A simple discussion in an executive session with an investigation by a third party would have been much better, Hedquist said.
Meyer, of course, has a different take on the matter.
His angry reaction to those who were about to race arose mostly because there was a girl in the street that could have been hurt.
He admired the car in question and its potential to do a 7-second quarter-mile, but it was "staged," meaning its clutch was let out enough to put the drive lines and axles in tension and take off, he said.
"I intervened at that point," Meyer said. "Nobody else said they saw the child. I did."
The problems in the Old Yellowstone District went on way too long with the street racing, the noise and the potential for someone getting hurt, he said.
After a meeting Monday night, those involved agreed that the street racing won't happen again, he said.