Senate Caucus Chairman John McGee was released from the Ada County Jail on a $5,000 bond after a short 10-minute hearing Monday afternoon.
The 38-year-old Caldwell Republican was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with a felony truck theft and misdemeanor DUI after police found him in the backseat of an SUV towing a 20-foot trailer that witnesses say he initially tried to drive off in.
It appeared from the brief hearing that McGee's attorney may argue that a medical issue was at play. Police say McGee registered a .15 blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal driving limit of .08.
A preliminary hearing was set for July 1.
McGee is serving his fourth term in the Idaho Senate, and had been considered by many political watchers to be a contender for higher office.
A former aide to Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, McGee has been mentioned frequently as a candidate for higher office, including governor. He is the chairman of the Canyon County GOP.
Police say McGee was drinking late Saturday night at a Boise golf course clubhouse, but left on foot. Sometime before 3 a.m., he got in a Ford Excursion with the keys still in it and tried to drive it away. He ended up jack-knifing the rig in a nearby driveway, according to two teen boys who say they watched the scene play out.
The boys' mother, Tracey Carleton, said Sunday that McGee appeared to be disoriented and hallucinating.
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