Man arrested after attempting to record trooper he claims was speeding
ARIZONA (Tucson News Now) - A man has been arrested on a criminal speeding charge for chasing a state trooper on US 60, Arizona DPS said in a news release.
DPS said John Norman Davis Reynolds claimed he was pursuing and videoing the trooper to document the trooper's driving "above the speed limit while seemingly not responding to anything."
The incident happened around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, on US 60 in the east Valley.
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DPS said the trooper was driving 80 mph as he patrolled the area.
"The trooper noticed a car closely following him," the DPS said in a news release. "Alarmed at the possible motives of the driver, the trooper slowed down and then sped up to 90 MPH while activating his emergency lights in an attempt to assess the driver's behavior and get the driver to stop following him."
The trooper later pulled the driver over and arrested Reynolds for criminal speeding.
"It is not realistic to believe troopers can effectively do their jobs and not speed," said Lt. Colonel Daniel Lugo, Highway Patrol Division Commander. "However, troopers are held accountable to drive with due regard for other motorists. Any citizen who believes a trooper is driving without such consideration should let us know as soon as possible."
DPS said if anyone believes a trooper is driving negligently, they should not try to take the law into your own hands but they should call and report the driving behavior so it can be addressed by the trooper's supervisor.
Incidents like this are nothing new. A video posted to YouTube in 2012 claims to show a Marana Police Department vehicle speeding through Oro Valley without its lighting on.
According to the video's description, the vehicle was traveling more than 65 mph in a 45 mph zone.
There was also a viral video of a trucker who pulled over a cop. According to the video the cop admitted to speeding.
"In light of recent attacks against law enforcement and anti-police rhetoric prevalent in our society today, troopers are on guard at all times and from all potential and perceived threats," said Colonel Frank Milstead, Director of the Department of Public Safety. "Recently, we have seen people recording violent acts against law enforcement officers and we even remember video of the murder of a news reporter and cameraman during a live broadcast in an effort by the perpetrator to make a headline. What happened in this circumstance is very unfortunate and would have ended much differently had cooler heads prevailed."
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