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Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

Cary AllredThe Highway Patrol cited Rep. Cary Allred Friday for a Monday night speeding incident.

Allred was cited for driving 102 miles per hour in a 65 zone in Orange County, said Sgt. J.E. Brewer, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol. On Monday night, Allred was stopped as he was driving to the legislative session from Burlington.

Allred said Thursday in an interview that he told the trooper he was on his way to the legislature to vote. The trooper asked to see identification beyond a drivers license and Allred said he produced his legislative ID. The trooper, N.A. Mitchell, let Allred go with a warning.

News of the stop became public Thursday when House leaders revealed they were inquiring into other events that night. Various people reported that Allred was intoxicated and improperly hugged a teenaged page. Allred denied any impropriety.

Patrol officials consulted with the Orange County District Attorney on Friday and were told to issue a citation for the Monday night speeding incident, Brewer said. The trooper who stopped Allred had him on radar, Brewer said.

It is unclear why the trooper did not cite Allred for speeding Monday night.

"We're looking into that right now," Brewer said.


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Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

"Allred was cited for driving 102 miles per hour"

This is what happens when you allow your legislators to spend too much time playing video games. He should be grounded: no tv, computer, PS3, and somebody needs to lock up the liquor cabinet. *SIGH*. These kids these days. ... LOL

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There is absolutely no reason in the world this man should have been allowed to drive any further once he was stopped. Stupidity added with alcohol is potential for a fatal mistake.

I don't care where he was going and if he was a member of the legislature, he should have left whenever he was before instead of driving recklessly and endangering other people.

The trooper is at fault too. He wasn't doing is job properly or he would have handcuffed this speed demon and took his butt to jail where he belonged.

Right is right, but two wrongs never, never equal a right. Mr. Allred and the trooper should be severly reprimanded for their disrespectful actions.

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

The State Highway Patrol is WOEFULLY CORRUPT. The entire department needs to be gutted, and it needs to start from the ground up. Our SHP is shameful.

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

Carbonlib....THAT law has some history...back in the 1800s it wasn't unusual for legislators to be falsely jailed on their way to Raleigh to vote on some bill or another, by the Andy Taylors back then....good idea if you are a good old boy back then....something akin to kidnapping. That was the origin of a law that some legislative "you know whats" use to "get out of jail free" on their way to Raleigh...cocktails in hand....Maybe we are going back to the old days after all.....this is sad....the world is laughing at all of us...so we just need to wash our hands and get back to work.....or meetcha at the fishin' hole....

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

actually, i think there is a law or ordinance that prohibits "detaining or interfering with" a state legislature official on their way to vote.

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

This is the same wizard who when defending his opposition to a workplace smoking ban in effect said that he knew plenty of healthy old people who smoked so it must not be dangerous.

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

I can see cutting a break for 80 mph, maybe. But 102? Please. This just doesn't smell right at all.

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

I am upset.I don't think my car will go that fast.Let me see........OUchCR**********Booooommm>>>>>>>>>.......sorry officer,just trying to measure up to "the big wigs".

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

WHATS THE BIG DEAL, JUST GET ON I40 ON THE WEEKENDS OR MONDAY MORNING AND SEE THE CARS WITH LEGISLATIVE TAGS SPEEDING TO AND FROM THE BEACH, SOME BEING DRIVEN BY WIVES SOME BY LEGISLATURES THEY HAVE THE GREEN LIGHT FROM THE SHP IT'S THIER PRIVATE ROAD AND THE PUBLIC ARE GUEST, BUT JOHN Q PUBLIC WILL GET STOPED.YOU CAN BE RUNNING 75MHP AND THEY WILL PASS YOU AND BE OUT OF SIGHT IN NO TIME....SAME OLE SAME OLE.......

I BET THE SHP WILL NOT CONFER WITH THE DA BEFORE YOU OR I GET A TICKET...WHAT WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE??????

THAT TROOPER WANTED TO KEEP HIS JOB IS WHY. THE LEGISLATURE WATCHES OUT FOR THE SHP WITH RAISES THEY ARE PROMOTED TO THE TOP OF THIER PAY SCALE IN FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS NOT BAD FOR A GED OR HIGH SCHOOL GRAD TO TOP OUT AS A MASTER PATROLEMAN AT OVER $50,000 + PER YEAR

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

Unless there is an extremely good reason why Allred didn't get a ticket, the trooper should be severely reprimanded, suspended without pay, or fired. Allowing someone to drive 102 MPH is way beyond any reasonable level of discretion.

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I didn't know Republicans were allowed in Orange County without being escorted by a Democrat?

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15+ mph over the speed limits is wreckless driving. 5 pts on your license. Lock him up and thor him out of the general assembly. These jerks are not above the law.

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This is just another example for lack of respect for NC employees. The trooper ignored a clear threat to the people on our highways. Both he and
and the representative need to go now. Neither have in the best interest of the taxpayers. 102 MILER PER HOUR!

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

Allred missed his Andy Griffith.

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Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

He probably didn't receive a ticket because the SHP officer was afraid that he'd be reprimanded for it. It's happened in the past. Only when this stuff makes the paper do things change. Examples: the SHP guy in western NC who was pulled over doing 99 in a 55...no ticket until it hit the paper, then he was nailed for it.

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

The red nosed Upper Haw River Basin Gar Fish strikes again!

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

Get it, grandaddy! Go on with yo bad self!

Of course, as the other posters have indicated, a taxpayer would have had his or her license taken at the scene.

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

I thought if you were speeding that fast your license would be automatically revoked. If speeding was the culprit I bet that alcohol was probably in the equation somewhere too.

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

Treat him the same as you would any 17 minority kid doing the same thing... you wouldn't get off with a warning. Far from it. What a crock. The representative needs to spend some time in jail. The cop needs to lose his job. Get real, NC.

What if a tire blew out and he hit someone else? At that speed, with that force, there wouldn't be much left. Toss his rear in the hole. Bev, what are you going to do to clean up this state?

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

Isn't he a little too old to be driving so fast? When was the last time you drove over 100 mph. I have no idea when my last time was.
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Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

That important legislature business was probably to look out for you. LOL

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102 miles an hour? I am not sure they even reach that speed at the Sprint Cup races at Martinsville. Much less on a public road. What happened to taking away the license on the spot for such an egregious speeding violation. Although apparently he did not produce a license - isn't that another violation? How many of us would get off with a warning for going 102 mph? The officer needs to be reprimanded, and Allred needs to be booted from the legislature and hauled in front of a judge.

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

Another fine example of "do as I say, not as I do!" It seems that legislators and government employees believe that they are above the laws that apply to other citizens(e.g. Jim Black, Gov. Easley,Meg Phipps, etc.)How many state permanent licensed cars have you seen exceeding the speed limit recently(I was passed by 2 on I-40 last weekend.) He should be prosecuted as any other citizen going 37+MPH above the soeed limit. And, if he was impaired and the trooper ignored that, then both the trooper and Mr. Allred need to have appropriate penalties applied.

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

He must be a scab. He wears a hat in doors, not even close to being a gentleman. No socks to a legislative meeting?

Re: Allred cited Friday for Monday speeding

I bet he gets off with a minimal fine, unlike a family member of mine who was cited for 99 in a 65. DMV sent him a letter and took his license. Allred, I have no doubt, will keep his license. Typical double standards.

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"he was on his way to the legislature to vote"

Maybe I can try this excuse next time I get pulled over for going 102 miles an hour.

Although I will admit I never would have guessed that a legislative vote would be considered an 'emergency'. Maybe need to put red lights and sirens on these legislatures cars so the general public knows to get out of their way when one of these 'emergencies' comes up again...

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"Allred was cited for driving 102 miles per hour"

This is what happens when you allow your legislators to spend too much time playing video games. He should be grounded: no tv, computer, PS3, and somebody needs to lock up the liquor cabinet. *SIGH*. These kids these days.

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