Video: Paul Mosley brags to deputy about driving 130 MPH
Update: La Paz County Attorney Tony Rogers told the website ParkerLiveOnline that he referred the case to the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council to avoid a conflict of interest. Council officials said they sent the case to Cochise County for review.
Cochise County Attorney Brian M. McIntyre says a complaint has not yet been filed.
“I do not believe the ethical rules permit me to say whether I intend to charge the matter or not, however,” McIntyre wrote in an email. “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.”
Update: Mohave County Supervisor Jean Bishop said on the News-Herald’s Facebook page she’s glad to see the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, of which she’s an active member, withdraw its endorsement of Mosley.
Update: Mosley issued an apology on his personal Facebook page Thursday morning following the video’s publication. In the apology, he says his comments about driving over 100 miles per hour were jokes that showed “extremely bad judgment.”
“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.”
Earlier: State Representative Paul Mosley is under fire after video surfaced Thursday of a March traffic stop in which he appears to brag to the sheriff’s deputy about driving 130 miles per hour.
Parker-based radio station KLPZ said Mosley, who represents Mohave and La Paz County in the Arizona House of Representatives, was allegedly pulled over on March 27 by a deputy with the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department just north of Parker. In the video, Mosley is accused by the unidentified deputy of driving 97 miles per hour on a portion of State Route 95 where the speed limit is 55. Mosley then tells the deputy he was previously driving 130 miles an hour on Interstate 10.
“I go 130, 140, 120, yeah,” Mosley said. “Yeah, I come down I-10, I was going 120 almost. You know, if there was no traffic.”
When pressed by the deputy, Mosley said he was rushing home to surprise his family in Lake Havasu City.
Following the video’s publication Thursday morning, Arizona’s Fraternal Order of Police released a statement saying the group was withdrawing its endorsement of Mosley in the Aug. 28 primary election.
Keep watching for updates on this developing story.