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Mayor tries to duck costly speeding ticket

A man from the small town of Norway, South Carolina did what just about every motorist in America wishes they could do. After being pulled over and issued a speeding ticket by a trooper for the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the man got in his car and proceeded to pull the trooper over. The man flipped the script, asking the trooper for his driver's license and registration.

The whole incident made for a bizarre and somewhat confusing occasion that questioned whether the man was unlawfully harassed by the South Carolina Highway Patrol or misusing his power. The man was actually the mayor of Norway, who claimed that he was also acting as the town's constable at the time he was pulled over.

The highway patrol trooper caught the man going 70 mph in a 55 mph zone and issued him a ticket for the offense. In South Carolina, a violation for speeding can result in a $185 fine and four points on a license.

The local constable claimed that the trooper himself was interfering with a police officer. The trooper argued that he didn't even know Norway had police officers after they disbanded its police department in 2011.

The mayor claimed he was acting as constable for the town and was pursuing the vehicle of a potential thief when he was pulled over. He doesn't deny the fact that he was speeding. The incident has launched an investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate what the mayor's law enforcement status truly was.

The mayor was apparently serving as constable in the short time between Jan. 11 and Feb. 6. He stepped down from his post after the incident.

The mayor has requested a jury trial to sort out the matter with the speeding ticket, but no court date had been set.

Source: The Times and Democrat, "Preacher wants jury trial over speeding ticket," Feb. 22, 2012

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I am Fatemeh Ghanbari
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