Allred cited today for speeding Monday

STAFF WRITERMay 1, 2009 

The Highway Patrol cited Rep. Cary Allred today for a Monday speeding incident.

The patrol is looking into why Allred wasn't cited on Monday, when a trooper clocked him on radar at 102 miles an hour in a 65 zone, said Sgt. J.E. Brewer, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol. Allred was stopped as he was driving to the legislative session from Burlington.

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 and said the House investigation was a "witch hunt."

He said a speeding ticket issued five days after he was stopped is a case of "reverse favoritism."

"I'm being singled out to give a ticket to five days after the fact because I'm a legislator," Allred said. "It seems like, you know somebody is going to great lengths to embarrass me."

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.

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

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

Allred was stopped about 6 p.m. near the split of interstates 40 and 85. He said he had accellerated to make sure he was in the correct lane to stay on Interstate 40. Allred's car didn't have the license plate that would identify him as a House member.

"The officer asked me why was I going so fast," Allred said. "And I said I'm trying to get to the legislative building so I can vote."

The trooper then asked for identification beyond Allred's driver's license and Allred showed his legislative ID.

"He wanted to verify that I had a good reason for going over the speed limit," Allred said.

Allred was about 42 miles from Raleigh and had about 45 minutes before the House session began.

"He said, 'Would you please slow down.'"

Allred said he intended to consult a lawyer about the ticket. "I'm going to probably challenge it," he said.

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