Cathy Luks, the former mayor of North Royalton, Ohio, found herself in a high-speed chase with law enforcement, eventually leading to her arrest for driving under the influence. The incident unfolded when officers pulled her over for an expired license plate, but Luks exhibited confusion and non-cooperation during the encounter.

As the situation escalated, Luks told the officers, “You know what? I was the mayor of the city of North Royalton,” while being handcuffed in a squad car. Newly released bodycam footage showed her ignoring the officer’s commands and appearing disoriented throughout the traffic stop.

The officer explained the reason for the stop, citing Luks’s speeding and expired plates, but her responses remained uncooperative. When asked for her driver’s license, she repeatedly answered, “No,” and declined to pull into a park as suggested by the officer. Instead, she rolled up her window and sped away.

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In response, the officer initiated a pursuit with lights and sirens, reaching speeds of up to 65 miles per hour. Within seconds, Luks lost control of her vehicle and collided with a tow truck in a parking lot, leading to her immediate apprehension. Despite being handcuffed, she refused to enter the police unit, demanding her belongings and a seat.

During the encounter, Luks eventually disclosed her former mayoral title, saying, “You know what? I was the mayor of the city of North Royalton.” She was subsequently charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, speeding, possessing an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, and driving with expired license plates.

The day after her arrest, Luks appeared at Parma Municipal Court, where no plea was entered. Her case for non-compliance, classified as a third-degree felony, is expected to be presented to a Cuyahoga County grand jury in the near future.

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Who is Cathy Luks?

Cathy Luks served as North Royalton’s mayor from 1999 to 2007, a period marked by some controversy. She used the term ‘petty’ to describe complaints made by neighbors harassed by a local judge in 2003.

In 2004, she faced a recall effort from residents dissatisfied with the city’s perceived lack of sewer maintenance, resulting in widespread flooding. Once again, she attributed the attempts to oust her to “petty politics.”