Conyers' son drove official SUV before

Dec. 2, 2010 at 3:31 PM
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DETROIT, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Court records show a theft from the official vehicle for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., was not the first incident involving his son driving the car.

John Conyers III, 20, told police two laptops and 1,000 concert tickets were stolen from the Cadillac Escalade Nov. 24 while it was parked in Detroit and court records revealed the younger Conyers was also behind the wheel of the Escalade when he was pulled over for speeding Sept. 14, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday.

The vehicle was paid for by taxpayers and was provided to Rep. Conyers for the sole use of transporting the official under U.S. House of Representatives rules.

Rep. Conyers said Tuesday he intended to reimburse the U.S. Treasury for the unauthorized use of the vehicle Nov. 24. His office had no comment on the incident revealed by the court records.

The records did not say how fast Conyers was driving in the September incident and whether he was alone in the car. The incident may not have been a violation of House rules if his father was also in the sport-utility vehicle.

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University in Washington, said Conyers is unlikely to face citations from the House Ethics committee over the incident.

"It probably does not rise to the level of an official investigation," Thurber said.

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