Kansas Rep. Aaron Coleman, 21, arrested for drunk driving weeks after his domestic violence arrest – .

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Kansas Rep. Aaron Coleman, 21, arrested for drunk driving weeks after his domestic violence arrest – .


Controversial Kansas State Representative Aaron Coleman, 21, was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving over the weekend, four weeks after he was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery, which resulted in urged lawmakers to renew calls for his resignation.

Coleman was arrested on I-70 westbound toward the Kansas State Highway Patrol at 1 a.m. Saturday. He was released later the same day on $ 250 bail, according to Douglas County Jail records.

At the time of the arrest, he was on bail for a domestic battery misdemeanor linked to an October 30 incident involving his family. He pleaded not guilty in the case in Johnson County District Court and posted bail on Nov. 2, court records show.

In that incident, he allegedly spat, hit and pushed his brother and then threatened to attack his grandfather, according to the affidavit, NBC affiliate KSNT reported. He is due to return to court for the domestic violence case on December 22.

Coleman, a Democrat, took office as representative for the 37th District of Kansas in the state House of Representatives in January.

In the election, he came under scrutiny for making inflammatory comments on social media and past abusive behavior towards girls in college. When he ran for office, he said the allegations that he had engaged in online bullying, blackmail and vengeful pornography were true, and apologized for targeting several college girls. He said his past behavior was that of a 14-year-old “sick and troubled”.

In January, 13 Democrats filed a lawsuit against Coleman seeking to dismiss him over his history of abusive behavior.

It culminated with a House committee issuing a written warning to Coleman. The committee determined that the allegations in the complaint were true and that his conduct was “inappropriate” for a legislator.

Last month, Coleman was banned from Kansas Department of Labor property for allegedly berating a police officer, the Kansas City Star reported.

His latest arrest sparked contempt and calls for his resignation from fellow lawmakers.

Gov. Laura Kelly, a fellow Democrat, called on Coleman to step down.

“Mr. Coleman’s most recent arrest is further proof that he is unfit to sit in the Kansas House of Representatives and that his continued presence in the Legislature is doing his constituents a disservice.” Kelly said in a statement to KSNT. “He should quit immediately and seek the treatment he needs. If he does not resign, the legislature should use its process to remove him from office. ”

Democratic House Leader Tom Sawyer also urged Coleman to step down and seek help. “The stress of the legislature is not a health environment for someone in this mental state,” Sawyer said in a statement to KSNT.

Coleman and his attorney did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.

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