Not going to lie… this video left us wondering why this politician wasn’t arrested.
Video has been released of an Arizona lawmaker who got pulled over for driving way over the speed limit. And his encounter with the Sheriff’s Deputy has gone viral. But not for the reasons you might think.
It’s exploded because the man claims that he can speed, and get away with it. Why? Because he’s a state representative.
And Arizona State Rep. Paul Mosley goes so far as to brag that he regularly drives at speeds in excess of 140 mph.
This encounter, which was caught on camera, happened on March 27 outside of Parker, Arizona.
The area, which is in Mosley’s district, is extremely rural and sparsely populated.
He was pulled over for going 97 mph in a 55 mph zone. According to Mosley, the deputy should ignore the stop because he has “legislative immunity”.
“I don’t break the law because I can, but because, you know, I’m just trying to get home,” Mosley said.
After the video went viral, the politician issued an apology. He says the claim of immunity was just 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.
The NY Daily News weighed in on that “immunity”.
“While the state constitution does provide for certain kinds of legislative immunity, it’s generally intended for actions related to legislative acts, according to a state manual. And a document from November 2002 shared by the House Rules Committee says speeding tickets — as well as violations for driving under the influence — aren’t covered.”
It’s not yet a matter of public record as to whether the deputy issued a ticket.
But now the incident is under investigation by Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre’s office.
To avoid potential conficts of interest, it was passed off to them by the La Paz County Attorney’s Office.
In a statement, McIntyre wrote:
“I do not believe the ethical rules permit me to say whether I intend to charge the matter or not, however. I am able to say that it will be reviewed consistent with our ethical obligations and a charging decision will be made as time and resources permit.”
Arizona Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard weighed in:
“Nothing short of an emergency justifies that kind of speeding, and assertions of immunity in that situation seem outside the intent of the constitutional provision regarding legislative immunity.”
Mosley is a Republican who is running for reelection, but this video is costing him support.
“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,” said John Ortolano, President of The Arizona Fraternal Order of Police.
The group has since pulled its endorsement of Mosley.
“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.”