Video Released of Questionable Traffic Stop
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(Memphis) Police video captured the pullover on I-40 and Hollywood July 31st.
Police stopped a Ford Explorer with government tags going 76 in a 65 mile zone.
The driver was Shelby County EMA Director Bob Nations.
“I got pulled over for speeding. It happens everyday to how many people. I got pulled over for speeding,” said Nations.
Back in his car, the officer commented on Nations’ identify.
“Talking about he is retired police and he is working for homeland security but he didn’t give me no i.d,” the police officer is heard saying on the video tape.
The Officer gave Nations a ticket.
But the next day, a memo arrived at the Memphis Police Department’s Traffic Division from the same officer who wrote the ticket.
He was now asking that the ticket be dismissed since ‘the driver was in a government vehicle and also in a duty status.’
News Channel 3 requested a copy of the memo August 8th.
The next day, Nations attorney paid the ticket.
“We paid the fine. We paid the fine,” said Nations
But, when we asked Bob Nations whether such a memo was appropriate, “Ok. What’s wrong with that?.”
“Do you see anything wrong with this request being made? Yes or No.” we asked.
“I don’t care. I paid my fine,” said Nations.
He never answered the question.
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says there are expectations of all government employees when it comes to the law, “Public service means they serve the public. They are held to the same standards as the public and they are not given special deference when it comes to violations in the community.”
There was no indication that Bob Nations was responding to any emergency when he was stopped for speeding.
Mayor Luttrell told us if it is determined any person was given preferential treatment because they are a public employee, that would be inappropriate.