CHP unable to recall Davis’ speeding limos

| Wednesday, August 20, 2003

The Santa Maria Times reports drivers of a two-car motorcade reportedly carrying California Gov. Gray Davis raced through northern San Luis Obispo County Aug. 2 traveling 90 mph.

The paper reported Aug. 11 the governor “remains tight lipped about the controversy surrounding an official state motorcade carrying an unnamed state ‘dignitary’ that flew at more than 90 mph down Highway 46.”

The paper asked, “Is Davis our mystery man?” “Why is he afraid to talk?”

Meanwhile, The Los Angeles Times later reported “sources” confirmed Davis was a passenger in the publicly funded car.

California Highway Patrol Commissioner D.O. "Spike" Helmick confirmed two cars were going approximately 90 mph on Highway 46 east of Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County where a Templeton-based CHP officer tried to pull over the fast-moving duo. It’s a dangerous stretch of road – movie legend James Dean died on California Highway 46.

The speed limit on the road is 55 mph. Citing security reasons, officials wouldn't confirm to The Santa Maria Times the identity of the person inside the car, other than saying the individual had attended an event when a plane suffered engine problems and the entourage switched to automobiles.

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