Arizona lawmaker admits to speeding
PHOENIX — An Arizona state lawmaker was seen telling a sheriff ’s deputy he sometimes drives as fast as 130 or 140 mph after he was pulled over for speeding, and the deputy said in a report later that the driver claimed to have legislative immunity.
State Rep. Paul Mosley was stopped March 27 outside Parker, Ariz. The rural area near the California border is in Mosley’s district and more than 150 miles west of the state capital in Phoenix.
A body camera video obtained by KLPZ and first published on its website, ParkerLiveOnline.com, shows a La Paz County Sheriff ’s deputy warning Mosley to slow down. Mosley was going 97 mph in a 55 mph zone on state Route 95, the news outlet reported.
Mosley then says he sometimes drives “130, 140, 120,” while trying to get home to surprise his wife. He says he doesn’t notice the speed because of his vehicle’s nice wheels and suspension.
The deputy’s written report said Mosley told him not to waste time on the incident because he has legislative immunity, KLPZ reported.
Mosely on Thursday posted an apology on his Facebook page, referring to the comments to the deputy as a joke. “My desire to get home to see my family does not justify how fast I was speeding nor my reference to legislative immunity when being pulled over,” he said. He said his comments to the deputy were inappropriate and showed bad judgment.