Quantcast

Shumlin stopped for speeding - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Shumlin stopped for speeding

Burlington, Vermont - June 28, 2010

A candidate for governor was caught speeding. State Troopers say Peter Shumlin was going 81 mph on Interstate 91. The stop happened 11 days ago. Troopers say Shumlin was fined $152 and got two points on his license. Officials say the stop was unusual, because the Democrat used his Senate ID, not his driver's license.

Police video caught Senate President Peter Shumlin, a Democratic candidate for governor, getting pulled over for speeding going 16 mph over the limit on Interstate 91 in Fairlee. It was 10:30 p.m., a busy campaign day, and the trooper recognized him.

Trooper: "I had you at 81 - are you in a hurry?"

Shumlin: "Yeah. I've already been in Brattleboro."

Trooper: "OK, campaigning?"

Shumlin: "Then head to Burlington to a forum... inaudible.... some bs going on."

Trooper: "Gotcha."

Shumlin: "Hoping to have you drive me in a few months."

Trooper: "It won't be me."

The two joked and the trooper then says Shumlin handed him a Senate ID, not a driver's license. Shumlin says the two IDs look very similar. His campaign provided a photo of them. Shumlin says if he gave the trooper the Senate ID, it was a mistake. "You can hear from the tape, I never said I'm Senate President, don't give me a ticket," Shumlin told WCAX News. "I just don't work that way."

"I've seen the videotape. The trooper was doing his job, the senator was polite and respectful," said Col. Tom L'Esperance, Commander of the Vermont State Police. L'Esperance says using a Senate ID is a valid ID, but that it is not typically used to identify yourself.

Peter Shumlin says he'll slow down on the road while the campaign kicks into high gear. "I apologize. I got a speeding ticket. I was driving too fast. I pleaded guilty and paid the ticket. No one should speed."

Peter Shumlin now has two points on his license from this stop. The senator wasn't sure if he has any other points. The four other Democrats and one Republican in the race say since announcing their campaigns for governor they have not gotten a speeding ticket.

As for whether this could have any impact on the campaign, one political analyst told WCAX News that in such a tight race you don't want to reinforce any negative image people might have about a candidate. Another analyst said it would probably have little to no impact since the senator was not excessively speeding and instead pointed out what could hurt more is that Peter Shumlin was not endorsed by the Vermont League of Conservation Voters-- instead that environmental group picked Doug Racine.

Kristin Carlson - WCAX News

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Child car seats in the spotlight

    Child car seats in the spotlight

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:59:59 GMT
    Car crashes are the number one cause of death for children in the United States, which is why making sure children are buckled up correctly is so important -- unfortunately most are not.
    Car crashes are the number one cause of death for children in the United States, which is why making sure children are buckled up correctly is so important -- unfortunately most are not.
  • Franklin County residents focus on lake pollution

    Franklin County residents focus on lake pollution

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:48:35 GMT
    A proposal to save Lake Champlain's water quality was dead on arrival last February in the state legislature, but residents in Franklin County are renewing their push for legislation to improve the water.
    A proposal to save Lake Champlain's water quality was dead on arrival last February in the state legislature, but residents in Franklin County are renewing their push for legislation to improve the water.
  • Emily Peyton and Dan Feliciano add voices to the debate

    Emily Peyton and Dan Feliciano add voices to the debate

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:29:49 GMT

    Two other gubernatorial candidates shared the gazebo with Scott Milne and Gov. Peter Shumlin for Saturday's debate.

    Two other gubernatorial candidates shared the gazebo with Scott Milne and Gov. Peter Shumlin for Saturday's debate.

  • FAHC: The wrong bill is in the mail

    FAHC: The wrong bill is in the mail

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-09-15 20:51:03 GMT
    The medical center confirms that 3,800 people with last names that start with the letters L through Q, errantly received old bills Monday.
    The medical center confirms that 3,800 people with last names that start with the letters L through Q, errantly received old bills Monday.
  • Sterling College launches $2M fundraising challenge

    Sterling College launches $2M fundraising challenge

    A tiny Vermont college that focuses on environmental stewardship is launching a $2 million fundraising challenge.
    A tiny Vermont college that focuses on environmental stewardship is launching a $2 million fundraising challenge.
  • Dump truck rolls over in Berkshire

    Dump truck rolls over in Berkshire

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:06:37 GMT
    There was a mess in Berkshire Monday when a dump truck rolled over.
    There was a mess in Berkshire Monday when a dump truck rolled over.
  • 25 fastest growing Vermont businesses honored in South Burlington

    25 fastest growing Vermont businesses honored in South Burlington

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:35:13 GMT
    From world renowned cheese and maple syrup to companies that run entirely on renewable resources Vermont businesses of all kinds continue to flourish. And there are 25 in particular that are amongst the fastest growing businesses in the state.
    From world renowned cheese and maple syrup to companies that run entirely on renewable resources Vermont businesses of all kinds continue to flourish. And there are 25 in particular that are amongst the fastest growing businesses in the state.
  • Fall hearing could determine fate of Vt. GMO labeling law

    Fall hearing could determine fate of Vt. GMO labeling law

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:51:09 GMT
    A fall hearing could provide the first clue to the fate of the state's recently-passed GMO labeling law. A group of food producers is suing Vermont over the mandated labeling of some products made with genetically engineered crops by 2016. The legal process is expected to take years, but experts say the first ruling could mirror the final ruling.
    A fall hearing could provide the first clue to the fate of the state's recently-passed GMO labeling law. A group of food producers is suing Vermont over the mandated labeling of some products made with genetically engineered crops by 2016. The legal process is expected to take years, but experts say the first ruling could mirror the final ruling.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.