By Eileen Jones - bio | email
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - One of the most powerful members of the Alabama legislature has a court day in Covington County. State Senator Lowell Barron was caught speeding late Sunday night right outside of Andalusia. WSFA 12 News has learned that Barron was issued two traffic tickets and police say one of the incidents could have been far more serious than it seems.
Andalusia's Chief of Police says Senator Barron was driving at speeds so excessive they went beyond receiving a regular speeding ticket. Instead, Barron was ticketed for reckless driving. Because that's still a serious charge, it means the senator must go before a judge and according the Covington County Clerk's office that violation also carries an automatic suspension of his driver's license.
Barron also received a ticket for running a stop sign and a warning for reckless endangerment. According to the Chief of Police, that warning means he came close to endangering the lives of others and that would have been criminal violation.
Barron said he was speeding at excessive speeds because he was trying to get away from someone who looked like he was a member of Hell's Angels. He said the officer was in plain clothes, had his high beams on, pursued him for 30 or 40 miles and because he was in a deserted isolated area Barron said he was afraid to pull over for fear he might have a gun. So, Barron said, he decided to speed up.
Police say no alcohol was involved. Barron is set to appear before a Covington County judge on September 16th.
Ummm....I didn't know we had Hell's Angels in Alabama. Wow...you learn something new every day. One has to wonder how the police officer could have been mistaken for a Hell's Angel. Was he wearing leather and spikes and riding a Harley? From reading the story I deduced that the officer was driving a patrol car. After all, I have serious doubts that cops in rural Covington Co. have motorcycles. I could be wrong on that....but I'd be real surprised if I was. And how do you see what someone driving the car behind you looks like at night?
I won't fault Sen. Barron for not pulling over on a desolate stretch of road at night....I wouldn't either....but his explanation is just bizarre.