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Charges against GOP director dropped

A West Valley justice of the peace on June 2 dismissed criminal speeding charges filed against Brett Mecum.

Mecum, the executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, was arrested at work and charged with criminal speeding and reckless driving last month after photo enforcement cameras captured images of Mecum driving more than 100 miles per hour on a Valley freeway.

The charges were dismissed by Arrowhead Justice of the Peace John Keegan, who said the underlying state law permitting photo speed enforcement violates equal protection provisions of the Constitution because motorists captured speeding by cameras face different penalties than those cited or arrested by law enforcement officers.

Mecum was arrested at the party’s Phoenix headquarters on May 6 by Arizona Department of Public Safety officers. A photo enforcement system on the Loop 101 captured an image and video of Mecum traveling 109 miles per hour in a blue Mustang Shelby GT.

Mecum did not return calls for comment.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said the agency had no comment on the dismissal of charges.

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