Video appears to capture Tennessee state senator speeding

| 8/10/2005

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 politically motivated.

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 radar.

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 traffic.

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 suspicious.”

Jones said he’s just concerned about elected officials who think they’re above the law.