When someone is this reckless, they don’t deserve to be a candidate on the ballot.
A Democratic candidate for a District 10 seat in the state House of Representatives was arrested on charges of DUI and Careless Driving after running into a 7-year-old girl in north Sioux Falls one week ago.
Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens confirmed this morning that Carmen Toft, 32, was cited after the collision at Eighth Street and North Chicago Avenue.
Toft was driving south on Chicago and stopped at the intersection?s stop sign just after 8 p.m., Clemens said. Toft reportedly told police the child, who was going east through the crosswalk on Eighth Street, ?came out of nowhere? on a bicycle as she began driving again.
The child was knocked to the ground and taken to the hospital for possible internal injuries, Clemens said. Toft was cited for careless driving and DUI, he said, but it was treated as a standard traffic offense and no SFPD case report was created.
Toft refused to take a breath test for alcohol on the scene, Clemens said. Anyone cited for DUI in the South Dakota is required to take a blood test, however.
Great way to get headlines, Ms. Toft. You are a real winner.
Too bad about hitting the 7-year-old, because Carmen has shown a real love for children through her day job.
Toft works for Planned Parenthood of South Dakota and has been active for pro-choice causes through several abortion-related campaigns in recent years, including attempts to ban the practice through ballot initiatives in 2006 and 2008.