LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — Sep 13, 2018, 10:51 PM ET

Arizona lawmaker pleads not guilty to excessive speeding

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An Arizona state lawmaker who was seen on video bragging about driving more than 120 mph (193 kph) earlier this year pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge for speeding Thursday.

The Today's News-Herald newspaper reported Thursday that the warrant was issued Sept. 6 after State Rep. Paul Mosley failed to appear in court a day earlier on a charge of excessive speed.

The Republican legislator from Lake Havasu City appeared in Parker Justice Court and was released without bail pending an Oct. 18 hearing.

Mosley didn't immediately respond to a telephone call Thursday or an email sent to his office at the Capitol building in Phoenix seeking comment on his case.

In March, Mosley told a La Paz County Sheriff's deputy who pulled him over that he had previously driven at speeds of 120 mph (193 kph) or higher and should not be cited because of legislative immunity.

Mosley apologized in July after the video first shown on a local broadcaster's website was widely disseminated by other news media.

Arizona's constitution provides for immunity from arrest for state lawmakers "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."

But a document from November 2002 shared by the Arizona state House Rules Committee says speeding tickets — as well as violations for driving under the influence — are not covered.

After the controversy over the video erupted, the Republican Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order stating "law enforcement officers employed by the State of Arizona have the constitutional and legal authority to hold elected officials accountable when they endanger public safety with criminal violations, including speeding, reckless driving and driving under the influence."

The traffic stop was the subject of a complaint filed with the Arizona's House ethics committee.

Mosley was elected in 2016 but lost the August Republican primary to Leo Biasiucci.

The video cost Mosley the endorsement of the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, which represents law enforcement officers.

The group's president said Mosley's behavior and "utter disregard" for public safety were the opposite of what they look for in elected officials.

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Information from: Today's News-Herald, http://www.havasunews.com

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Information from: Today's News-Herald, http://www.havasunews.com

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  • Juvenal451

    Maybe a few days picking up trash on the roadside will improve his attitude.

  • Hank R

    Arizona's constitution provides for immunity from arrest for state lawmakers "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."

    Doesn't this assume law abiding people?

  • John S. Henchey

    How fast did the cop have to go to clock him?

  • Bobo McStevens

    Oh, this guy is a Republican.

    No wonder the IOKIYAR acronym exists.

  • Bill Paish

    "liberty and justice for all" ?

  • 370HSSV

    Excessive speeding and DUIs are usually felonies anyway

  • Andrew

    Mosley is the perfect example of a dangerous politician who would be king. He's a jerk braggart witha huge ego who got voted out.

  • Arc_Fault_One

    Immunity from arrest I wonder who came up with that law. Oh yeah the ones who make the laws.

  • Bongs&Thongs

    "legislative immunity"
    this clown should be fired just for this stupid comment... Wonder where he draws the line on what crimes his immunity covers

  • Bluejay

    His guy is a real piece, and it's a good thing he lost in the primary.

    He got busted 8 times (twice in one day!) for going WAY over the speed limit, and in once case joked how he's been doing 130 earlier.

    He claimed "legislative immunity", so wasn't arrested. Now he was due in court and was a no show.

    But he hired a lawyer who just recently claimed the problem with America is that there aren't enough white kids...

  • TexasVulcan

    Oh, I thought you said excessive "spending"...