A US state politician who was pulled over for speeding, bragged to the police officer that he was going even faster earlier and that he does it all the time.
- Mr Mosley claimed to have legislative immunity for his actions
- The incident is under review by the County Attorney’s office
- Mr Mosley is up for re-election in November
Arizona State Representative Paul Mosley was stopped for going 97mph (156kph) in a 55mph zone on March 27, according to local radio station KLPZ.
Police camera footage, first shared by KLPZ on their website ParkerLiveOnline, shows the officer telling the Republican Party representative that he should watch his speed.
Then Mr Mosley cuts him off, bragging that he “was doing 120 earlier” and would regularly travel at 130mph (209kph) to 140mph (225kph) on his way home.
“I don’t break the law because I can, but because, you know, I’m just trying to get home,” Mr Mosley said in the video.
“I didn’t even notice that I’m going very fast because of this car just, you know, nice wheels, nice.”
According to KLPZ, the deputy’s report said Mr Mosley told him he “should just let him go” and that he said “I shouldn’t waste anymore of my time dealing with him due to his immunity as a government official”.
KLPZ: Arizona state representative brags to officer about speeding
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.
Mr Mosley issued an apology via his Facebook page on Thursday — which has since been removed — referring to the comments to the deputy as a joke.
“I would like to apologise to my colleagues and constituents, as well as law enforcement, for my conduct,” Mr Mosley said in his post, according to KLPZ.
“Legislative immunity is a serious responsibility and should not be taken lightly or abused.
“In addition, my jokes about frequently driving over 100 miles per hour during my 3-hour commute to and from the capital were entirely inappropriate and showed extremely bad judgement on my part, for which I am truly sorry.”
The video does not show the deputy, who was not identified, issuing a speeding ticket, but the incident is under review by Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre after the La Paz County Attorney Office referred the incident to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
Mr McIntyre said in a statement a complaint has not yet been filed, but “that it will be reviewed consistent with our ethical obligations and a charging decision will be made as time and resources permit”.
Speaker of the House JD Mesnard said he was “disturbed” to see Mr Mosley’s actions and doesn’t think the immunity provision would apply.
“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,” Mr Mesnard said.
A search of court records in Arizona didn’t immediately turn up any traffic violations issued against Mr Mosley.
Mr Mosley, was first elected in 2016 and he is up for re-election in November.
The Arizona Fraternal Order of Police withdrew its endorsement of Mr Mosley and condemned his speeding.