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Arizona ethics committee to consider speeding lawmaker

Rep. Paul Mosley (Capitol Media Service/Howard Fischer, file)

Rep. Paul Mosley (Capitol Media Service/Howard Fischer, file)


State Rep. Paul Mosley apologized on Facebook after he was caught on video during a traffic stop by a La Paz County Sheriff’s deputy bragging about driving speeds of up to 140 mph on Interstate 10 from Phoenix to Havasu.

PHOENIX — A group of Arizona lawmakers will consider an ethics complaint concerning a member who bragged about speeding to a sheriff's deputy.

The House Ethics Committee on Thursday received a copy of a complaint about state Rep. Paul Mosley, a Republican from Lake Havasu City.

A body camera video obtained by KLPZ showed Mosley telling a La Paz County deputy that he sometimes drives as fast as 140 mph. He also said he had legislative immunity.

Fellow House Republican, Rep. Mark Finchem, filed the ethics complaint. It asks the committee to take whatever action they deem necessary. Mosley can respond to the complaint in writing and offer a defense at any hearing.

Mosley apologized on Facebook after the video came out. He said his comments were inappropriate and in bad judgment. He apologized again at his first public appearance during a candidate forum in Havasu on Tuesday.

In an executive order July 20, Governor Doug Ducey directed that police officers under his control have the authority to cite -- and if necessary arrest -- lawmakers whose bad driving is more than just simple speeding.

The governor pointed out that the constitutional provision protecting lawmakers from arrest is not absolute. Exemptions include treason, felonies -- and "breach of the peace.''


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