by Ivan Foley
Accompanied by her attorney, Mary Robinson, human resources director for Platte County who is facing a felony DWI charge as a persistent offender, made an appearance in Platte County Circuit Court Tuesday to hear a reading of the charges against her.
The felony DWI charge comes as a result of a June arrest in which authorities allege Robinson’s blood alcohol content was .174, more than twice the legal limit.
If convicted, this would be at least the third drunk driving conviction for Robinson, which constitutes a felony punishable of up to four years in prison.
As reported in last week’s Landmark, Robinson is free on bond, having posted 10% of the $10,000 bond the day the felony charge was announced. Conditions of her bond include no consumption of alcohol, wearing of an alcohol monitoring device, and no driving “unless properly licensed and insured.”
The office of Cass County Prosecutor Teresa Hensley is prosecuting Robinson’s felony charge after the Platte County Prosecutor’s Office had recused itself.
As HR director, Robinson reports directly to the Platte County Commission. She is the wife of Kevin Robinson, the elected county auditor.
The commissioners held a closed door session with legal counsel two days after the charge was filed, presumably to discuss Robinson’s situation.
Minutes from that two-hour meeting do not indicate any motions were made during the closed session. Two attorneys for the county were present.
Of note, minutes indicate that Duane Soper, second district county commissioner, left the room at some point during the meeting, likely an indication that Soper recused himself from at least a portion of the discussion. The Soper and Robinson families are apparently friends, as the couples have often been seen socializing together at local restaurants.
Asked about the matter this week, Platte County Presiding Commissioner Jason Brown said: "This is an ongoing personnel matter and I will not comment on it, nor will I speak for other commissioners.”
Robinson, 43, is scheduled to be back in court on Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. for what is described as a “case review.” No significant action is expected at that appearance.
In late June, Robinson was arrested at a DWI checkpoint on Hwy. 92 in Platte City.
Court documents say Robinson has three DWI convictions in the state of new York under the last name of Dolan in her criminal history. The statement of probable cause indicates Robinson has a conviction of a DWI in Dover Plain, NY in 1988; a DWI in Colonie Town, NY in 1999; and a DWI conviction in East Greenbush Town, NY in 2001.
The official charging document--known as the felony complaint--does not list the 1988 conviction but does list the 1999 and 2001 convictions.
Robinson’s case is being heard by Platte County Associate Circuit Court Judge Quint Shafer.