Barnstable County Commissioner Arrested for OUI

County Commissioner Sheila Lyons was arrested Tuesday night for OUI after police say she failed a series of sobriety tests.

Eastham police arrested County Commissioner Sheila Lyons Tuesday November 20 for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Cape Cod Times.
According to a police report Lyons stumbled when she was asked to get out of the car and failed five field sobriety tests. During one test Lyons started to fall towards an officer and then began to dance after regaining her balance.
Eastham police allege Lyons registered a blood alcohol level of .19 and .20 on Breathalyzer tests, more than twice the legal limit of .08.
Lyons is charged with OUI and a marked lanes violation.  A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for December 21. Lyons told the Cape Cod Times she plans to plead guilty to the charges.
Lyons was re-elected to serve as county commissioner earlier this month.

Felicia November 26, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Gee, this is too bad. She certainly made a mistake by driving in this condition. Those Eastham cops are always "Johnny on the Spot". Sorry she has to go through this. Thank goodness no one was hurt or injured. I'm sure she will learn a great lesson from this. I still support her as my County Commissioner. She has a good head on her shoulders, and obviously suffered from a lack of judgement here. She's human.
Nancy Palmer-White November 26, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Yes, Sheila is human and has a good head on her shoulders...when she is not drunk, slurring her speech, and driving wrecklessly endangering the public safety...this is the first time she got caught driving in this drunken condition, it does NOT mean it has been the only time that she has ever done it, which is highly unlikely!!!
Nancy Palmer-White November 27, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Made the Boston papers too! Sheila is quite a special lady, she even made a brief write up in the Boston Herald this evening as well: "A Massachusetts Democrat arrested?" http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/news/lone_republican/?p=1816&srvc=blogs&position=recent
Margie Fulcher November 27, 2012 at 08:04 AM
I agree wholeheartedly with Felicia. We are fortunate to have Sheila as our. Representative. Individuals such as .s. Nancy Palmer-White should step out of her glass house. Obviously an embittered Republican. Is this not the season of love your neighbor; be kind & gentle?
Nancy Palmer-White November 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM
...Hello, Margie dear! Are you the same Margie Fulcher who was a former selectwoman in Orleans and got thrown out of office by the voters of that town because of your attempts to support hugely expensive town sewering? Yes, I believe you are..In any case, no I am not a Republican dear, and am I not an alcoholic lush either. Please give my regards to Michael F. as well, Margie...
Taryn Thoman November 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM
MEOW! I don't know a lot about Shelia Lyons, other than she is human. If she were a man would you be calling him a lush? She deserves credit for taking responsibility immediately and not hiding from the press. Politics, especially here, is a real dirty business. This woman is going to pay plenty for her mistake. No need to pile on.
sremsen November 27, 2012 at 01:43 PM
She should resign. Public officials need to set a higher standard. She had choices, one of which was to drive one was to call a friend or a taxi. I expect more from my elected officials and I demand more.
RON BEATY November 27, 2012 at 02:14 PM
As others across the Cape have been saying, we all make mistakes, some of us more than others. Yes, as a public official Commissioner Lyons is supposed to be a role model for all, so let's wait and see how this matter turns out. As part of the process, she will probably be assigned to a probation officer for about a year or so. If there are no further legal problems, then along with the County Commissioner, perhaps we will all be able to just move on...
Taryn Thoman November 27, 2012 at 02:34 PM
There's only one way to "demand" a higher standard, and that's to recall her. I doubt you'd get majority support on this one. Just sayin....
RON BEATY November 27, 2012 at 04:01 PM
...just as a point of information, there is also some question as to whether or not an actual recall mechanism actually exists as part of the County Home Rule Charter. The word "Recall" is mentioned in the title caption of Article 7, but there is no clearly defined process or outline to follow regarding it. The issue is rather cloudy and the county assembly has not as of yet responded to inquiries about it made a few weeks ago
sremsen November 27, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I am not demanding a recall of her, however I feel she should step down. I am not saying this is something she is going to do, just that I feel it would be the right thing. Of course expecting a public official to do the right thing is a pipe dream these days.
Nancy Palmer-White November 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Should Lyons Resign??? Cape Cod Today, 11/27/2012 - Editorial & Poll "Should Commissioner Sheila Lyons Resign after OUI arrest?" - http://www.capecodtoday.com/news/Editorial/2012/11/27/should-commissioner-sheila-lyons-resign
Taryn Thoman November 27, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Most politicians would deny the allegation, make up stories or excuses, and refuse comment. This one immediately admitted guilt on the record. Don't you find that refreshing?
Margie Fulcher November 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM
MEOW correctly. Ms Nancy Palmer-White, either pull your claws in or cut them off. You are in good company with Michael F. Happy Holiday's & good will to all.
Nancy Palmer-White November 28, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Ex-Orleans SelectWitch Margie Fulcher, please stay down at you end of he Cape and out of the "Barnstable-Hyannis Patch" ie. our neck of the woods. You already tried to force town-wide sewering upon Orleans, please do not stink up our fair town as well... As for Sheila Lyons, she needs to go the same route as Fulcher, either resign or ousted via a recall election!!!
Taryn Thoman November 28, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Good luck figuring out the mechanics of a county wide recall election, let alone pulling one off.
Dee Dee December 02, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Nancy Palmer-White you have a huge personal vendetta against Shelia Lyons.I keep seeing your posts about her all over the place,even in places where it isn't appropriate to post.
Nancy Palmer-White December 02, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Dee Dee, oh Dee Dee, nothing personal about dear one. Ask the Republicans who are actually pushing for the Route 6 Dancing Queen to resign. They are sure to say there is nothing personal as well.
Taryn Thoman December 02, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Voters were impressed enough with Lyons to recently re-elect her. It's up to the voters, not a few hostile or holier than thou rivals to remove her. She may choose to resign on her own, or the voters may force her out of office. Unlike a lot of politicians, she admitted fault and immediately took responsibility for her actions. Let the voters decide her political future.
RON BEATY December 02, 2012 at 06:40 PM
...just so everyone will be aware of it, there is NO RECALL ELECTION MECHANISM in the Barnstable County Home Rule Charter. I had two lawyers look it it, and am presently seeking the Assembly of Delegates to address the matter. Apparently as a result of some rather sloppy drafting of the original legislation the term "recall" was left in the title caption of Article 7, but either the process was never put into place OR it was, but had been removed at the final state of approval in the State House back in 1988 or earlier. So, it looks like the County Assembly is simply going to amend the County Charter in order to completely remove the term Recall from the title caption. That is where things seem to stand at this point...
Nancy Palmer-White December 03, 2012 at 03:02 PM
MORE SUPPORT FOR LYONS THAN NOT... CAPE COD TODAY, 12/03/2012 - "Support for County Commissioner Lyons accused of OUI outweighs denunciations" http://www.capecodtoday.com/news/letters/2012/12/03/support-for-county-commissioner-accused
Taryn Thoman December 03, 2012 at 05:51 PM
In the absence of a recall provision in the county charter, if they really wanted to, voters could probably force Lyons to resign with pressure via petition, letters, the press, and/or public comment. It seems enough for most folks that Lyons is human, she's admitted to making a serious mistake, and she's going to face substantial consequences through the court system. It's unlikely that a substantial effort will be launched against Lyons on this issue. Most of the armchair judges saying how things "should" be done rarely ever DO anything towards making them happen.


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