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State Rep. Matt Gray arrested on DUI charge in Broomfield

By: - April 22, 2022 11:28 am
Matt Gray

Rep. Matt Gray, D-Broomfield, is pictured Dec. 1, 2020. (Faith Miller/Colorado Newsline)

State Rep. Matt Gray, a Broomfield Democrat and former prosecutor, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence, a Broomfield Police Department spokesperson confirmed. In a since-deleted tweet posted Friday morning, Gray denied he was intoxicated.

Gray’s arrest was first reported by the Colorado Sun.

Gray, 41, was arrested at 5:30 p.m. at 13770 Broadlands Drive, Officer Rachel Haslett told Newsline in an email. That is the address of Coyote Ridge Elementary School in Broomfield.

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He was booked into the Broomfield Detention Center and later released, Haslett said. No additional information was immediately available from police as of Friday morning.

“I am deeply saddened and disappointed to learn of Matt Gray’s arrest,” House Speaker Alec Garnett, a Denver Democrat, said in a statement provided to Newsline. “I don’t have all the facts at the moment, but it’s my belief that he has been struggling with alcoholism for some time now. I’m very thankful no one appears to have been hurt, and I strongly believe he needs to take time — beginning right now — to get the help he needs.”

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Rep. Matt Gray is pictured in an April 22 booking photo. (Courtesy of Broomfield Police Department)

Gray issued his own statement on Twitter at 10:46 a.m, but the tweet was subsequently deleted.

“As many of you know, yesterday I was arrested on suspicion of DUI,” Gray wrote. “I was not intoxicated, but my symptoms of anxiety and depression are such that too many people are worried when they’re around me. I’m going to increase my level of therapy and appreciate all the support.”

Gray was one of four Democrats who led on a comprehensive transportation package, Senate Bill 21-260, last year. The legislation levied new consumer fees to raise money for building and maintaining roads and highways, accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, and improving public transit. He worked with Rep. Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat, on a separate bill last session to remove the Colorado Department of Revenue’s ability to suspend or deny driver’s licenses for accrued debt, including unpaid court fees or tickets.

Gray also made headlines last year for joining Republicans on the House Finance Committee to vote down a bill limiting arrests and cash bail for people accused of committing low-level, non-violent offenses.

The former deputy district attorney is in his third term in the Colorado legislature and has filed to run for re-election in the fall.

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Faith Miller
Faith Miller

Reporter Faith Miller covers the Colorado Legislature, immigration and other stories for Colorado Newsline.

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