A camera says he did. He says he didn’t.
A driver in Tennessee says he shot video footage that
appears to catch the state’s Senate Majority Leader, Ron Ramsey, speeding along
Interstate 40. But the lawmaker denies the charge and claims the tape is
The video supplied to WATE-TV in Knoxville by area
resident Keith Jones includes the time and date, about 3:15 p.m. July 14, and a
display in the upper left corner tracking the speed of Ramsey’s car, caught on
Jones, who sells radar equipment to police departments, said
Ramsey was driving up to 94 mph in a 60 mph zone in the eastbound lanes of I-40
in Knox County, The Associated Press reported.
Ramsey, chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, denied the
allegation and questioned the reliability of the tape.
“I just find that hard to believe. I never drive that fast,” Ramsey, R-Blountville, told The AP. “That’s just ridiculous. How do we
know he was accurate?”
The video aired by the news station shows the rear of a car
and rain falling. The car’s license plate has the initials RLR, the same as
Ramsey’s, and has the state seal. The car is shown weaving in and out of
Jones told WATE-TV he turned his camera on and
followed the car for five minutes.
“He was riding very close to some other vehicles, in what I
consider to be a very dangerous situation,” Jones said. “He was speaking on his
cell phone in the rain, for what I could tell.”
Ramsey, who reportedly has aspirations of running for
Tennessee governor, told the news station the whole thing is just “too
Jones said he’s just concerned about elected officials who
think they’re above the law.