Brian Baum – Arrested after failing to appear for traffic court
Wow. Just wow…
Longmont’s has-been ex-mayor Bryan Baum, obviously still a slow learner even after his last run-in with the Boulder County court system, caused a potentially-fatal accident involving a motorcycle and then didn’t show up for court on Oct. 17th. Apparently Mr. Baum has a real problem with authority – especially when he’s not in authority.
In 2010 he stalled paying medical damages to a Longmont family after dogs that escaped his property attacked a woman and her dog. The family took him to court and won a $566.62 settlement for medical expenses1 – after which he and his wife argued bitterly with the judge. Apparently there were also hard words outside the courtroom as well that prompted the officer on duty to ask them to leave.
The incident didn’t appear in the Times-Call until after FRL reported on it. Baum had paid the judgement – not much choice, the alternative would have been jail I suspect – and clearly had hoped it would simply stay swept under the rug. When the Times-Call finally published their story Baum called them and reportedly had this conversation:
(from Daily Camera online 10/25/2011)
“We paid our debt and now you are dragging us through this bullsh–,” Baum said, adding that he had receipts to prove the judgment was paid, although it was not yet reflected in court records. He said he would provide the receipts to the Times-Call, but added, “I am serious, man, but this is going to cost you. This is. You are going to pull my family into a bunch of crap.”
Asked what he meant about “cost you,” he replied. “We’ve got to get something in return for this.”
Mr. Baum subsequently lost a tight race for his mayor seat and sure seemed to be harboring a grudge; he and his wife (or someone close to them obviously) tried to claim that a post on Facebook by my stepson2 was ‘a threat’ and insisted I be arrested. The Boulder County District Attorney indicated it was ‘…not a credible threat…’3 but that hasn’t stopped Longmont’s hard-core partisan hate machine from trying to make hay with it – still to no effect.
To me, the funniest part of this new incident is that the accident took place as the ex-mayor was pulling out of the driveway of a McDonalds4.
The Times-Call story phrased it like this:
According to police reports, Baum was stopped facing west from the driveway to the McDonald’s near 19th Avenue and Main Street waiting to turn left onto Main Street. He pulled forward to attempt the turn, but stopped suddenly to accommodate another vehicle. When he stopped, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle traveling north on Main Street struck the car.
Sounds to me like he was in a hurry, pulled out without sufficient clearance, stopped directly in front of the motorcycle (to avoid getting hit himself) and the motorcycle didn’t have enough stopping room. Had this been on a street with a higher speed limit the accident might well have cost the motorcyclist his life. Luckily for the motorcyclist it didn’t.
It’s typical for people that don’t ride motorcycles to not give them enough attention but Mr. Baum has written about going for rides on his Harley so it’s pretty clear (to me at least) that he knew exactly how dangerous pulling out and stopping in front of a motorcycle was5,6. Probably why he was cited for “careless” driving. But more importantly he was also cited for “failure to produce insurance” – the same insurance you and I are required by LAW to have and carry proof of at all times when driving. Something tells me the motorcycle rider will be waiting for compensation for some time.
So, after causing the accident and getting ticketed he failed to show up in court. Only when a bench warrant was issued did he finally do the right thing and turn himself in. Maybe he is learning – imagine how bad a public arrest would have looked…
This is a man that thinks he should have another chance to sit on Longmont’s City Council – as an at-large councilman7 with a four-year term no less! – obviously hoping to weasel his way back into the Mayor’s chair some day.
At least that’s what the poorly-concealed rumors oozing out of Longmont’s extreme right say.
Here’s hoping this is the final nail in this poltroon’s political career and he’ll simply crawl away from the public spotlight for good.
One can only hope.
- The couple in question only asked for their out-of-pocket medical expenses when they easily could have sued for much more. But really? $566.62?? The guy’s a ‘wealth manager‘ – must not have much to manage.
- A veteran of two tours in Iraq and Purple Heart recipient
- I believe that’s lawyer-talk for ‘bullshit‘
- Especially since his wife and friends have been tweeting relentlessly about weight loss
- Assuming he ever took a motorcycle riding safety course…
- Or just didn’t give a crap…
- Hoping to knock yet another Democrat off council?