Councilwoman changes story about husband's DWI

A Columbia councilwoman now says she misspoke when she told a newspaper reporter she was not with her husband during his New Year TMs Eve DWI traffic stop.

The Columbia Daily Tribune interviewed Laura Nauser again because a state trooper said in a probable cause statement that the councilwoman was a passenger in the vehicle that was stopped on New Year's Eve.

Nauser sat down with KRCG TMs Mark Slavit for an exclusive television interview to try and set the record straight.

When Mark asked Nauser about the discrepancy with the Columbia Daily Tribune, Nauser said she had just gotten off an airplane and was surprised by the reporter TMs phone call.

I got the phone call," Nauser said. "I had very little sleep. It took me back. I misspoke and I made a mistake.

Laura Nauser said the incident happened on a stretch of Columbia TMs Scott Boulevard on New Year TMs Eve when the couple was going out for dinner and a movie.

Her husband, Gregory Nauser, has been charged with driving while intoxicated, felony possession of a firearm while intoxicated and failure to have proof of insurance. Authorities also found a 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol with 10 rounds of ammunition near the driver TMs seat, which Gregory Nauser has a concealed weapon permit for.

Besides serving as a councilwoman, Nauser is, also, a Republican candidate for the Missouri House of Representatives. Nauser wants to replace Democratic incumbent Chris Kelly. Nauser said she wants voters to remember no one is perfect.

I TMm not immune from mistakes," Nauser said. "My family members are not immune from mistakes. I would hope that people focus on me and my efforts and please leave my family members to their private life.

Gregory Nauser, who owns the Nauser Beverage Distributing Company, has a court date scheduled for Election Day, April 6.