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Covington Commissioner Jailed Briefly After Traffic Stop

Covington city commissioner Michelle Williams was arrested over the weekend.

According to Kenton County Detention Center records, Williams was booked at 4:54 p.m. and released exactly thirty minutes later after paying a fine.

Ft. Wright Police Chief Marc Schworer told The River City News that Williams was stopped on the 1800 block of Dixie Highway for speeding. He said that she was driving at 52 miles per hour in a 35 MPH zone.

Upon review, it was discovered that Williams had an outstanding warrant from Campbell County.

The Campbell County Circuit Clerk's Office told The River City News that the warrant was related to a non-payment of fines from a 2016 traffic stop. That amount was $144, and with the arrest, another $30 was tacked on.

Williams paid $174 total.

Williams did not respond to an email request for comment sent on Wednesday afternoon. 

The City of Covington declined to comment.

Williams was first elected to the city commission in 2012 but her arrest record became the subject of a review by the Kentucky attorney general's office, which ultimately concluded that Williams could continue to serve in office. She lost her reelection bid in 2014, but returned to the campaign trail in 2016 and won the most votes in the city commission race.

In November of this year, she repeated that feat as the top vote-getter in the general election and is set to begin her third term in January, which will be her second as mayor pro tem.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher

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