Wednesday, July 6

Candidate for Douglas County sheriff ticketed for driving over 100 mph on way to Cinco de Mayo parade


A candidate for Douglas County sheriff was ticketed for speeding on his way to the Cinco de Mayo parade Saturday morning.According to a police report, George Merithew was given a ticket for driving 107 in a 65 Saturday around 9:00a.m. on I-80 East near 42nd Street.Police were able to pull the vehicle over on I-80 east of 4n2d streets on the shoulder. When officers approached the vehicle they identified the driver as Merithew, who was wearing a Merithew for Sheriff shirt. The citation says the officer estimated the driver to be going 110 miles an hour and was able to lock onto the car with radar. The officer wrote “the vehicle flew by me on my right and then slowed down presumably after seeing a marked cruiser.”The reports says Merithew provided his license and paperwork for the vehicle and when asked if everything was current on his documents and for his phone number, Merithew showed the trooper his retired OPD ID badge.Officers said they were not aware of the identity of the BMW vehicle or its driver prior to stopping Merithew. Merithew issued a statement Saturday saying, “Sure. George was speeding. Like thousands of other drivers, he was stopped, complied with the officer and was issued a citation. He will now exercise the same rights every other citizen has to deal with the citation.”

A candidate for Douglas County sheriff was ticketed for speeding on his way to the Cinco de Mayo parade Saturday morning.

According to a police report, George Merithew was given a ticket for driving 107 in a 65 Saturday around 9:00a.m. on I-80 East near 42nd Street.

Police were able to pull the vehicle over on I-80 east of 4n2d streets on the shoulder. When officers approached the vehicle they identified the driver as Merithew, who was wearing a Merithew for Sheriff shirt.

The citation says the officer estimated the driver to be going 110 miles an hour and was able to lock onto the car with radar. The officer wrote “the vehicle flew by me on my right and then slowed down presumably after seeing a marked cruiser.”

The reports says Merithew provided his license and paperwork for the vehicle and when asked if everything was current on his documents and for his phone number, Merithew showed the trooper his retired OPD ID badge.

Officers said they were not aware of the identity of the BMW vehicle or its driver prior to stopping Merithew.

Merithew issued a statement Saturday saying, “Sure. George was speeding. Like thousands of other drivers, he was stopped, complied with the officer and was issued a citation. He will now exercise the same rights every other citizen has to deal with the citation.”



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