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Top GOP staffer arrested at party headquarters

Arizona Republican Party Executive Director Brett Mecum was arrested at party headquarters May 6 for speeding and reckless driving.

Department of Public Safety officers arrested Mecum, 30, at about 10:30 a.m. at the state Republican Party’s main offices at 3501 North 24th Street in Phoenix.

A stationary photo enforcement unit captured Mecum driving his car, a Ford Mustang Shelby GT, 109 miles per hour on the Loop 101 freeway near 59th Avenue just before 1 a.m. April 10, said Bart Graves, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The posted speed limit on the freeway is 65 miles per hour.

Graves said most drivers arrested for criminal speeding are traveling more than 100 miles per hour.

Lee Miller, an attorney for the Arizona Republican Party, said he didn’t know if the arrest would affect Mecum’s employment with the party.

“It was a silly, stupid thing to do, and there is no excuse and there’s no justification for it. (Mecum) will be processed through the justice system like everyone else,” Miller said.

Mecum has been charged with one count of speeding for driving in excess of 85 miles per hour. He also is facing one count of reckless driving.

The speeding charge is a class 3 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail. Reckless driving is a class 2 misdemeanor and carries a jail term of up to four months.

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