Was Devon Mathis’ Chief of Staff Justin Turner Busted for DWI in Texas?
A criminal background check suggests that Assemblyman Devon Mathis' interim chief of staff may have been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Texas.
A source provided us with the documentation included in a background check for Justin Turner which you can read for yourself below.
Turner recently mocked a woman on Facebook because she simply offered up words of encouragement to Pamela Lopez, a lobbyist who came forward to share her story about how Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills) forced her into a bathroom before masturbating in front of her.
The document (click here to read) shows that a person with the same name, Justin Paul Turner, and birth date was arrested in Coryell, TX by Copperas Cove Police Department in April of 2006. This would be the second chief of staff we have discovered was arrested on a DUI/DWI charge. In October we reported how Assemblyman Marc Steinorth's chief of staff, Heather Rouhana, who he is also alleged to have had an affair with, was arrested for driving under the influence.
In asking around we learned that Turner was reportedly stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX -- about ten miles away.
It is widely known that Assemblyman Mathis spends significant time at Turner's home outside of work and that Turner possesses a card for medical cannabis.
And the Visalia Times-Delta has reported (i.e. Staffers accuse Mathis of sexism, partying, bullying) that former staffers and campaign donors have expressed concern about Mathis' drinking habits and behavior:
In March, a group of donors sat Mathis down at the Visalia Country Club and told him his behavior was unacceptable, according to two people who attended. The donors warned him that his partying had gotten out of control and threatened to pull support if he didn’t control his drinking.
Former staffers have told American Children First that Mathis would drink heavily at these functions and insist on driving home while intoxicated. At least three former staffers have told us that they were either asked to follow him home in their own vehicles or knew other staffers had been asked to follow Mathis home. One confirmed that they did follow Mathis on at least one occasion to ensure he made it home safely.
Needless to say, if Turner was in fact arrested on a DWI charge, it is unsettling to see two individuals who have seemingly allowed alcohol or other substances impair their judgment and decision making process. And it further suggests that Mathis' office is more "frat house" than a professional office.