North Idaho Legislator Kathy Sims Runs Afoul of Law in Traffic Flap 

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Idaho House Rep. Kathy Sims (R-Coeur d'Alene) is in hot water with law enforcement in her north Idaho hometown after she ignored the orders of an officer and drove through an intersection filled with people.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports today that the incident occurred July 4, shortly after the Coeur d'Alene Independence Day Parade. A police offers approached Sims' vehicle at an intersection to inform her the road was still closed and to use another route. According to the officer's report, when he walked away, Sims drove through the intersection, which "was still filled with people that she had to drive around to avoid." 

According to police reports, the officer called Sims the next day, asking where he might deliver a ticket for ignoring traffic signs and defying the instruction of a police officer. Sims declined to meet with him, saying she was a member of the Idaho House and telling him to send the ticket to a post office box.

When contacted by the Coeur d'Alene Press, Sims said she didn't remember the officer telling her to take a different route and couldn't recall refusing to meet with him. She also insisted the phone call came 10 days later. However, the Coeur d'Alene Police Department confirmed the call was recorded on July 5. 
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