KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP/KSDK) - A Missouri state lawmaker is apologizing after he was arrested for allegedly possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Rep. Jeremy LaFaver, a Democrat from Kansas City, was arrested Sunday in Boone County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says he was stopped for failing to respond to a charge in Moniteau County of driving with an expired license tag and without insurance.
During the stop, the patrol says LaFaver was cited for possessing a marijuana pipe and up to 1.2 ounces of marijuana.
The 33-year-old LaFaver issued a statement saying he made "a serious mistake" and will accept the consequences. He stressed he was not under the influence while he was driving but apologized to his family and constituents.
LaFaver was elected to his first two-year term in November 2012.
The Missouri Republican Party spokesperson Matt Wills released the following statement about Rep. LaFaver Monday:
"Missouri Republicans are calling on Democrat Rep. LaFaver to walk the walk and take genuine responsibility by resigning from the Missouri House of Representatives. LaFaver has broken trust with the people by behaving with direct and open disrespect for the law and courts."
NewsChannel 5 has not received a statement from the Missouri Democratic Party.
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