Portland Police arrested Mary Volm,
a former longtime City of Portland employee who ran unsuccessfully against Commissioner Dan Saltzman in the May primary for City Council, on suspicion of DUII and reckless driving Friday night.
Volm had been riding her Vespa scooter in Southwest Portland when Portland Police arrived around 10:30 pm. Friday night's incident was Volm's second arrest for DUII. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office cited Volm with misdemeanor DUII on Feb. 4, 2004.
This May, Volm lost her bid
to unseat Saltzman, coming in second in a field of nine candidates with 12 percent of the vote. But because Saltzman earned more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary, he avoided a run-off with Volm in the November general election.
Volm was previously a spokeswoman for the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Office of Management and Finance. She was also a volunteer for the failed campaigns to recall Mayor Sam Adams. A call to Volm on Sunday was not immediately returned.
KATU reports, "a Water Bureau security officer phoned Multnomah County 9-1-1 at 10:15 p.m. Friday to report that 'a female had fallen off her Vespa scooter at the 2400 block of Southwest Park Place, was becoming agitated, and was beginning to start fights with witnesses.'"