Hurley gets huffy over THP ticket

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By Damon Lawrence

State Trooper Teresa Brown got an earful from freshman state Rep. Julia Hurley when she stopped her for speeding on Jan. 22.

Brown clocked Hurley driving 77 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone on Hwy. 27 between Harriman and Rockwood.

“I didn’t do 77 miles an hour,” Hurley claimed.

“Yes, ma’am, you were,” Brown responded.

“Can you show me your radar?,” Hurley asked.

“I can, but I don’t have to,” Brown responded.

Hurley initially refused to sign the speeding ticket.  

“If you do not sign this you will go to jail,” Brown said.

“According to who?” Hurley asked.
“The state of Tennessee,” Brown responded.

“What law is that?” Hurley asked.

“I don’t know what the number is, but we can sure go look it up as soon as we get you to jail,” Brown said.

Hurley, who was in a BMW with an expired temporary tag, then accused the trooper of threatening her.

“That is not a threat,” Brown said. “I’m telling you if you do not sign this citation, yes you will be taken to jail and then you can post bond or whatever you need to do.”

The back and forth continued.

“Do you have a photo of me doing 77 in a 50?,” Hurley asked. “Do you have proof that I’m doing 77 in a 50?”

“Listen,” Brown said. “I don’t know what your problem is.”

“I don’t know what yours is,” Hurley countered.

“I don’t have one,” Brown said.

Hurley eventually relented and signed. The $212 ticket was paid on Feb. 2.  

Hurley, a Lenoir City Republican who represents Roane County in the General Assembly, refused to comment about the video.

“Thank you for asking, but if you would like to talk about something like the coal conversion project, or the job recruiting efforts for Roane County by myself and The Roane County Alliance, please feel free to ask those questions,” she said by e-mail.