An ArizonaÂ lawmaker criticized for claiming legislative immunity during a traffic stop in March has a history of speeding without consequence on the state’s roadways, documents show.
Since February 2017, troopers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety warnedÂ Rep. Paul MosleyÂ about excessive speeding on five occasions and, on a sixth, about his failure to heed a stop sign, according to DPS records obtained byÂ The Arizona Republic.
PoliceÂ body-camera video released last weekÂ shows Mosley, a RepublicanÂ from Lake Havasu City, tellingÂ a La Paz County sheriff’s deputy that “legislative immunity” preventsÂ him from getting a speeding ticket. The deputy wrote in hisÂ reportÂ that heÂ had clocked MosleyÂ driving 97 mph in a 55-mph zone.
In video of the March 27 traffic stop, the deputy warned Mosley to watch his speed out of safety. Mosley then told the deputy he was going over 120 mph earlier and, at times, drives up to 140 mph.
The DPS records show instances where troopers stopped Mosley forÂ driving at least 16 mph over the speed limit and, at most, in excess of 33 mph:
8:42 p.m. February 16, 2017, in La Paz County. Speed: 80 mph in 55-mph zone. Trooper warned Mosley for a passing-zone violation.
8:46 p.m.Â April 13, 2017,Â in La Paz County. Mosley failed to stop at a stop sign.
10:29 p.m. April 22, 2017, in La Paz County. Speed:Â 72 mph inÂ 55-mph zone. Other violations:Â having a minor less than 16 years old in the front passenger seat without a seat belt.
7:33 a.m. March 18, 2018, in Mohave County. Speed: 71 mph in a 55-mph zone.
3:17 p.m. April 5, in Maricopa County. Speed: 81 mph in a 65-mph zone.
5:05 p.m. April 5, La Paz County. Speed: 88 mph in a 55-mph zone.
Troopers don’t indicateÂ whether Mosley claimed legislative immunity, but each let him go with a warning.
Mosley didn’t return calls forÂ comment about the incidents. A DPS official said the troopers’ reports would stand on their own, and he declined to comment further.
TheÂ Arizona Constitution provides legislative immunity, saying lawmakers are “privileged from arrest inÂ all cases except treason, felony, and breach of the peace.”
But the immunity is not indefinite â€“Â the constitutional provision says only that lawmakers cannot be subject to civil proceedings while the Legislature is in session, or for 15 days before the beginning of a legislative session.
MosleyÂ madeÂ a public statementÂ via Facebook last week after the news website ParkerLive published body-cam video of theÂ March 27 traffic stop in La Paz County.
â€œMy 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,â€ Mosley wrote. â€œLegislative immunity is a serious responsibility and should not be taken lightly or abused.
â€œIn 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.â€
Fallout from the incident continues.
A police organization rescinded its endorsement for his re-election in November.Â Some leaders and colleagues in the Arizona House of Representatives have denounced Mosley’s behavior. AndÂ the Mohave County Republican Party voted to censure him forÂ “conduct unbecoming a Mohave County Precinct Committeeman and Elected State Representative.”
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Contributing: Rachel Leingang andÂ Kimberly Rapanut, The Arizona Republic. Follow Uriel Garcia on Twitter: @ujohnnyg