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Arizona GOP leader arrested for reckless driving



PHOENIX – The executive director of the Arizona Republican Party has been arrested on charges of criminal speeding and reckless driving.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said 30-year-old Brett Mecum was captured by a photo enforcement camera on the morning of April 10.

DPS officials said Mecum was clocked driving a 2008 Shelby GT at 109 mph in a 65 mph zone on the Loop 101 and 59th Avenue in Glendale.

DPS officers arrested Mecum at state party headquarters Wednesday morning and booked him into jail on charges of criminal speeding and reckless driving.

“The incident in question took place nearly one month ago. I have not had an opportunity to review any of the evidence in this particular matter,” Mecum said in a statement released Wednesday night. “As a consequence, I have entered no plea in this matter. I expect to and look forward to having an opportunity to see all the information DPS has collected and I will evaluate that information prior to entering any pleas in this matter.”

Mecum added that he doesn’t expect the matter will compromise or effect his ability to do his job.

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