Speeding Arkansas senator: ‘I’m sorry’

A state senator who received only a scolding after leading a deputy sheriff on a chase through two counties says he’s sorry for his actions, reports the Associated Press.

Republican Sen. Bruce Holland of Greenwood on Tuesday apologized for speeding after the deputy said Holland led him on a chase Monday that reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour in Perry and Yell counties.

Deputy Ray Byrd told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he thought Holland was exempt from arrest because of a provision in the state Constitution. The provision exempts lawmakers from some arrests during legislative sessions — but a 2003 attorney general’s opinion says lawmakers can be ticketed or arrested for criminal offenses.

Byrd told the newspaper he reached speeds of 110 miles per hour Monday before Holland was stopped.

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