Ari­zona law­maker ad­mits to speed­ing

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION -

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, Park­erLiveOn­, 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.

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