A deputy's body camera video showing State Rep. Paul Mosley bragging about how fast his car can go and how fast he drives on a regular basis “as long as it’s safe” was made public Thursday. The deputy's report indicates that Mosley also claimed legislative immunity to avoid the ticket.
Now Mosley is facing an ethics complaint filed by Rep. Mark Finchem.
The video was recorded in March when Mosley, a Republican who was elected to represent District 5 in 2016, was pulled over for speeding north of Parker.
According to ParkerLive, which posted the body camera video, Mosley was stopped by a La Paz County sheriff's deputy. The deputy said Mosley had been weaving in and out of traffic along State Route 95 -- at 97 mph. The speed limit in that area is 55 mph. According to Mosely, 97 is not all that fast for him.
"Well, I was doing 120 earlier," he told the deputy, while the video was recording. "Yeah, this goes 140. That's what I like about it. ... Yeah, I go 130, 140, 120. Yeah, I come down I-10, I was going 120 almost, you know, if there was no traffic."
Arizona's Family did some digging into Mosley's driving record and found at least seven other instances in which he received only a warning. Court documents show that between 2011 and April of this year, officers pulled him over for speeding, running a stop sign, and a burned-out headlight. Last year he got a warning for speeding with kids in the car, and they were not wearing seat belts. And just three months ago, police pulled Mosley over for speeding twice in the same day. Each time, he got off with a warning.
[WATCH: Video from ParkerLive.com]
In the most recent incident, a deputy asked Mosley why he drives so fast.
Mosley answered that he "didn't even notice" his speed because of his "nice wheels" with "nice, you know, suspension."
"I mean, I don't, I don't break the law because I can but because I, you know, I'm just trying to get home ...," he continued.
The deputy admonished Mosley about the dangers of such speeding.
“I informed Mosley that 97 mph in a 55 mph zone is considered criminal speed," according to the deputy's report as quoted by a statement from the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police. "Mosley stated he was just in a hurry to get home to surprise his family in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Mosley also told me that I should just let him go and that I shouldn’t waste any more of my time dealing with him due to his immunity as a government official.”
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“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 organization. “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.”
Arizona House Speaker J.D Mesnard issued a statement, as well.
"I was disturbed to see Representative Mosley’s actions in the video from March 2018," he said. "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 posted an apology on his Facebook page after the video was released.
[SEE IT: Mosley posts apology on Facebook]
"I would like to apologize to my colleagues and constituents, as well as law enforcement, for my conduct on March 27th, 2018, which is shown in the recently-released video," he wrote. "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. 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 capitol were entirely inappropriate and showed extremely bad judgement on my part, for which I am truly sorry. I have no excuse for any of this, only regret of my actions, a hope for forgiveness and a commitment that it will not happen again."
"Members of the legislature shall be privileged from arrest in all cases except treason, felony, and breach of the peace, and they shall not be subject to any civil process during the session of the legislature, nor for fifteen days next before the commencement of each session. "
This is not the first time an Arizona lawmaker has made headlines in regards to legislative immunity.
In March 2011, Senate Democrats demanded that then-Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard resign after he invoked legislative immunity in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident with his girlfriend while they were driving on State Route 51.
An ethics hearing into the domestic violence case was launched. Bundgaard put an end to it when he resigned in January 2012, nearly a year after the incident.
[READ MORE: Bundgaard resigns from Legislature (Jan. 6, 2012)]
Mosley is running for re-election in LD 5, which is comprised of Gilbert, Queen Creek, southern and eastern Chandler, and eastern Mesa.
"I am a pro-life Republican whose top priority is to provide for my family and protect all Arizona families," he wrote on his campaign website.
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