Did Kyle Busch get special treatment? | Crime
IREDELL COUNTY - The WBTV web sites and Facebook have been blowing up with angry comments from viewers who say NASCAR driver Kyle Busch got special treatment when he was caught speeding 128 miles an hour in a 45 zone on Perth Road Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, Busch was driving his new 2012 yellow Lexus LFA supercar when he was clocked doing nearly three times the posted speed limit.
Busch was issued a citation for careless and reckless driving and speeding, deputies told WBTV.
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That made many WBTV viewers very angry.
"It is sad to know that those individuals that have money to buy their way out of trouble," viewer Amanda McLain wrote.
Linda Towery posted on WBTV's Facebook page, "He should have his license revoked and be in trouble with NASCAR!" Kelly Petree added "They need to make an example out of him and show him that money can't buy your way out of everything."
Even fans camping at Charlotte Motor Speedway were incensed by the incident.
"I think NASCAR should have done something and not just let him off," said Bruce Brege of Florida.
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"I don't like him, I think he has the talent, I don't think he has the character to be a fan favorite," added Gene Hylinski of Philadelphia. "I think that's ridiculous, and to say he's test driving a sports car? You don't know how fortunate you are to be in the position you're in to be that kind of jerk, to me, I can't appreciate it."
But the law is the ultimate authority.
So was Kyle Busch given special treatment?
A North Carolina police chief and traffic attorney contacted by WBTV said it appeared to them that Busch was treated properly and that the issuing of the citation was the appropriate action on the part of Iredell County Sgt. Chris Stone.
"The attitude of the person...unless they get unruly, question the ancestry of the officer involved, I wouldn't think they would take them to jail, put them under a bond, have the vehicle towed and impounded, all of which could happen, but it's been a long time since I've seen it," said attorney Cecil Whitley.
A police chief told WBTV that officers have discretion in such cases, and that most of the time for speeding an reckless driving, a citation would be issued. The driver would only be arrested if there were other circumstances, such as additional charges for eluding arrest, alcohol, involvement in an accident, or if the officer determined that the driver would be unlikely to show up for court.
He said in this case, Kyle Busch would not be considered a flight risk.
As far as the penalty is concerned, if Busch were to be convicted on the charges he now faces, he would lose his North Carolina driver's license for one year. That would not impact his ability to drive a race car since NASCAR requires each driver to have a NASCAR license, not a driver's license.
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