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Mitch Daniels caught on camera being stopped for speeding

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) — Mitch Daniels was stopped for speeding last week.

Dashcam video shows how the President of Purdue University broke a pair of traffic laws on the morning of Oct. 20 and got away with it.

The video shows the car driven by Daniels streaking down Third Street in West Lafayette.

The police officer gives chase immediately.

At the corner of Third Street and McCormick Road, Daniels fails to come to a full stop at the stop sign as the flashing lights come on.

Instead of pulling over immediately, Daniels pulls into the drive at Westwood Manor, the President’s home, where the car comes to a stop.

Daniels opens the door as the officer approaches.

“Good morning, sir,” said Lt. Lesley Wiete. After Daniels says hi, she asked, “Do you know why I stopped you?

“I don’t know,” he said, “too fast at the stop sign?”

“No, you were like 42 in a 20,” said Wiete.

The quick trip, Daniels explains, was to retrieve a phone he left behind. He said he was expecting an important call.

“That’s fine,” said the officer, “I’m gonna, I’m gonna let you go.”

“I apologize,” said Daniels. “Believe me, you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to do.”

No citation was issued. There was no written warning either.

Watch the full dash cam video:

Daniels later tweeted about the incident, saying “Good job PUPD for usual alertness.”

A spokesman for the Purdue Police Department says Lt. Wiete operated within policy. That policy calls for officer discretion in the case of a traffic stop.

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