It's no secret government workers like to pull rank at traffic stops, in Arizona, one lawmaker was caught boasting to a deputy about driving his car up to 140 mph, and then claiming "immunity" from citation due to his job in the legislature. The body camera footage of the incident was released and shows Paul Mosley, a Republican state representative from Lake Havasu City, getting stopped by a deputy who caught him going 97 mph in a 55 mph zone.
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The deputy returns to the vehicle and speaks with Mosley through the passenger side window in the video as he hands back his identification. "Please watch your speed regardless of trying to get home. 97 is absolute…" the deputy says. "Well, I was doing 120 earlier," Mosley responds. The deputy asks, "Really?" Sure enough, Mosley admits to a jailable offense saying, "Yeah this goes 140, that’s what I like about it." Again, the deputy asks, "You were going 130 earlier, you said?"
Mosley responds, "Yeah I go 130, 140, 120 … you know if there was no traffic." The deputy asks him, "The purpose? You just can, so you do?" "Well no, it’s like, I’m trying to surprise my wife … as long as its safe … Yeah I mean, I don’t break the law because I can, but because I, you know, I’m just trying to get home," Mosley explains. "OK, well, your logic is flawed for me, I see too many accidents. That’s not safe," the deputy says. "And you’ve never sped in your life, I’m sure," Mosley tells him.
The deputy ends up saying, "Anyways, I’m not going to lecture you. You have a good day, sir." Of course, the La Paz County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying the deputy "acted properly during the traffic stop" instead of writing him a ticket or taking him to jail like he would have done to anyone else.
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Nonetheless, the incident cost Mosley his support from the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police who announced it would no longer endorse Mosley. "Rep. Mosley’s recklessness, his demeanor and his utter disregard for the safety of the public represent the exact opposite of what the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police looks for in an elected official," the organization said in a statement on Facebook. "Potentially lethal speeding isn’t a joke. We will not stand with those who think it’s acceptable or funny to risk the lives of others while behind the wheel of a lethal weapon."
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Many states have or had this Old Political Protection law in place.
It protected Elected officials from arrest and extended delay while they legislative body is in session.
eg. It allowed for them to be stopped (DUI tested), arrested and released on their name/position to for later re-arrest and trial.
It was /is to keep certain Opposite Leaning Political Parties from being able to keep their opponent from voting on bill that, they opposed and could narrowly win or lose by a few key votes..
Anonymous No. 31224 again…
I most forgot.
Extreme endangerment of the public's welfare was not a protected issue.