Florida Commissioner loves speeding, hates speeding tickets
When confronted with the question that a person exhibits startling behavior, the answer is often, "Because the behavior works often enough to warrant trying again." So when we try to figure out why a district commissioner of Florida said all sorts of power-trippy things after being pulled over for speeding, we may have the answer.
Joe Mullins represents District 4 of Flagler County, the largest district in the county north of Volusia County in Daytona Beach. As reported by Flagler Live and the dashcam video shows, on June 19, Mullins was pulled over for driving his Ferrari 458 Spider at 92 mph in a 70-mph zone in Flagler County. The officer tried to be nice and told Mullins he would try to get him back on his feet quickly and that he usually issues a warning. But when the officer discovered that Mullins had been warned just a month earlier, Mullins was not pleased at the prospect of a speeding ticket. In addition to attempting to use his business card to evade the ticket, he told the Florida Highway Patrol officer, "I run the county." For context, Mullins made his living outside of politics, running The Mullins companies.
Back to the attack: The ploy didn't work, but Mullins is what's commonly referred to as a repeat offender, both before and after receiving speeding tickets. When he stopped in Seminole County on June 2 for driving over the limit in a Mercedes 31 SUV, he sent him all the way down on the two cops. Mullins again offered his card in lieu of his license and registration. In addition to emphasizing his political position, Flagler Live cited the officer's words that his behavior was so "extremely condescending, aggressive, illogical and disrespectful" that that officer threatened to arrest Mullins if he didn't leave after his had received a ticket. Mullins told the police officer that his arrest would be "a career-ending step."
The district commissioner's formula is readiness to fight on the front, remorse on the back. The Palm Coast Observer reports that after the final two tickets, Mullins wrote to the appropriate judges requesting that points on his license not be assessed. He accused the Flagler stop of "losing track of time, and while I was taking calls and dealing with traffic because I knew I was behind schedule, I don't care about my speed or the limit." respected." Both letters contained the passage: "I beg your indulgence, as I would like to pay the amount owed in full, but I would like the points evaluated and my balance sheet not to be noted if possible."
It is not known if that request was granted in the June Seminole incident. For the July ticket, Mullins attended traffic school to avoid points. And despite the appearance of asking for multiple favors - the same M.O. When he received a speeding ticket in 2016, prior to his election to the commission, Mullins told the Palm Coast Observer of the Flagler incident: "I got a speeding ticket, paid my fine and finished traffic school. I never asked for a favour. I regret speaking to the officer. I fully support and love law enforcement and look forward to winning my upcoming election and serving four more years of Flagler County.
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