Labor Commissioner's Speeding Ticket Dropped By Local Judge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A TV station reports that a speeding ticket issued to a state commissioner by the Tennessee Highway Patrol was dismissed by a judge.

Labor Commissioner Jim Neeley told WTVF-TV that he didn't seek special treatment after he was cited in December for driving 85 miles per hour on Interstate 40 in Humphreys County.

He said he didn't tell the trooper that he is a member of Governor Bredesen's Cabinet and didn't ask the judge to dismiss the ticket.

Neeley said he mentioned the ticket to a friend from Humphreys County who later told him the citation had been dismissed.

Humphreys County General Sessions Judge Dan Bradley initially said he dropped the ticket because the trooper didn't show up for court date.

When WTVF pointed out that Bradley dismissed the ticket a week before the March 22nd court date, the judge declined to say more except that he dismisses tickets before they come to court all the time.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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