A Kansas gubernatorial hopeful stopped for speeding cockily declared to a cop that the Constitution permits him to race to and from work ‘without impediment.’
Sen. Dennis Pyle, 61, made the brazen declaration after he was pulled over for speeding on April 2 in Hiawatha, Kansas by a Brown County Sherriff’s officer.
In bodycam footage uncovered by KSN Wednesday, he can be heard ‘advising’ the officer that he should not be ‘impeded’ while travelling to or from the Capitol during the legislative session.
The former Republican, who is now running for governor as an independent, demanded that the officer read the states constitution during their exchange.
Pyle received a verbal warning for his speeding, which is understood to have taken place at around 2am.
In the footage he can be heard saying that Highway Patrol knows the rules ‘very well’, before moaning that he was ‘tired’ from working all day.
He can be heard telling the officer: ‘I’m trying to get home, it’s just it’s two o’clock in the morning, nobody on the road.
Sen. Dennis Pyle, 61, was pulled over for speeding on April 2 in Hiawatha, Kansas by a Brown County Sherriff’s officer. The former Republican, who is now running for governor as an independent, demanded that the officer read the states constitution during their exchange
‘I’ve said this before Sheriff, I told the deputy Sheriff years ago, asked if they had read it and they hadn’t.
‘They need to teach that.’
The officer replied ‘no I can’t say that I am’ when Pyle quizzed him on whether he knew the obscure state law.
Pyle continued: ‘There’s nobody on the road, I’m just trying to get home. I’m tired and I thought it was just another person trying to get home.
‘Anyway, I understand you’re doing your job but I would advise reading the constitution.
‘People tell me to read it all the time, I want everybody to read it.’
Pyle claims that Section 22 of Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution means that he should not be ‘impeded’ while travelling to and from the Capitol
Section 22 of Article 2 of the Kansas Constitution state’s that lawmakers are not to be subject to the service of any civil process during the session or in going to, or returning from, the place of meeting.
Last year, a resolution proposing a change to this section of the state’s constitution was introduced but it did not pass.
Speaking to the Kansas Capitol Bureau, Pyle said that there is ‘no excuse’ for speeding.
He added: ‘I’m not above the law by any means, and like I said, I pay the tickets when I get ‘em, and that officer was doing his job.’
A representative for Sen Pyle did not immediately respond when contacted by DaiylMail.com for comment.