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Lawmaker pleads guilty to speeding charge

Posted September 16, 2009

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— Retired state lawmaker Rep. Cary Allred, R-Alamance, pleaded guilty Wednesday to speeding. He will pay a $500 fine.

Allred was stopped in April en route to a meeting of the General Assembly. Trooper Nathan Mitchell pulled Allred over near the split of Interstate 40 and Interstate 85 in Orange County on April 27 after clocking his speed at 102 mph, authorities said. The posted speed limit along the highway is 65 mph.

Mitchell initially let Allred off with a warning. After word of the traffic stop became public, the Highway Patrol decided to issue Allred a ticket.

Allred flashed his legislative identification badge and told Mitchell he was headed to Raleigh. North Carolina used to have a state law that prevented police from detaining lawmakers on their way to session. That law was repealed in 1992.

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  • madriver Sep 17, 2009

    Beachboater, FYI Allred is a GOOD OLE BOY republican

  • Bendal1 Sep 17, 2009

    Reckless driving (15mph over the SL) is the usual charge for us "little people" if we drive that fast. That carries a hefty fine, big increase in points on your insurance, and a loss of license for a period of time, automatically. Nice to know that even retired legislators get special treatment by the law...

  • beachboater Sep 17, 2009

    I thought anything over 80 was an automatic revocation of license. That provision must go away over 100.

    Just one more reason to believe that North Carolina and particularly the democrats in power are all one big Good Ole Boy Network.

    Disgusting.

  • tatermommy52 Sep 17, 2009

    The trooper said he did not smell alcohol on Allred's breath. Allred used his legislative position to intimidate a state employee who works for a highly political division to evade a criminal charge.

  • mrr03 Sep 17, 2009

    Preferential Treatment..No more no less

  • Liam Sep 17, 2009

    This was the guy that was caught doing 102 mph and the officer said he could smell alcohol on his breath. Dang right he's GUILTY!

  • Marc3939 Sep 16, 2009

    If you have been charged with excessive speeding for driving more than fifteen miles an hour over the posted speed limit, and you are a North Carolina licensed driver you face an automatic 30 day loss of driving privileges. At least that is what I always read. Maybe an attorney could clarify for us.

  • diesel Sep 16, 2009

    I think he should have been weitten a ticket at the time he was pulled over not month,s later.If that had been me they would have took my license on the spot.They say he paid a 500.00 fine.I know a few people that have gotten ticket,s for running 15 to 20 mile per hour over the limit and lost their license for 12 month,s.So the question i have is how long is his going to be took for.Or does this law not apply to politicians.

  • james27613 Sep 16, 2009

    Miracle that he did not cause any accident.