Windham lawmaker explains circumstances of arrest
WINDHAM - State Rep. Charles McMahon said Thursday morning that his arrest earlier this week stemmed from a "delicate family situation" that resulted in a call to 911.
McMahon said one of his sons, Shane, 23, suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, and became argumentative Tuesday night.
';It's a challenge we've been dealing with as long as I can remember,'; McMahon said. The argument ';was nothing physical, but he felt that he had to call 911.';
McMahon said he and his wife tried to calm Shane down and that there was no emergency that warranted a 911 call. When police and firefighters arrived, ';they found no emergency.';
He said Shane told police that McMahon told him not to call 911. He said police told him that trying to prevent someone from calling 911 is a violation and he was arrested on a charge of obstructing the report of a crime. He said he is due in court Dec. 17.
McMahon, a Republican who represents District 4 in Rockingham County and who was reelected in November, said he regrets, but accepts, that a private matter has become public because of his position. This was the first time he's been arrested, he said.
';This ADHD is difficult to deal with and sadly it went public,'; he said. ';But I believe in transparency and I want people to know that this was what (happened).';
McMahon said his eldest son, Charlie, suffers from severe cerebral palsy. He said he ran for public office because he wanted to help families like his ';make their lives be the best they can be.
';We have a very delicate family issue that we've been dealing with for many years,'; he said. ';We're going to continue to do the best we can. We just don't make excuses and (we) keep working at it. I'm not going to give up on him.';
McMahon also praised the Windham Police Department.
';They were professional in every way,'; he said.