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Dash Cam of Mayor Pulling Over Trooper Released

11:28 PM, Jan 31, 2012   |    comments
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Dash cam video of a traffic stop involving Norway Mayor Jim Preacher. (Image: SC Highway Patrol)

Orangeburg County, SC (WLTX) - The dash cam video of a Midlands mayor pulling over a state trooper has been released.

The video, released by the highway patrol after a request, shows Norway Mayor Jim Preacher being pulled over on January 18th on suspicion of speeding. He was then given a ticket.

In the tape, the trooper can be heard telling Preacher that he was speeding in a 55 mile an hour zone, and the ticket would be $185.

After the trooper let him go, Preacher made a u-turn and pulled over the same trooper. 

This exchanged followed:

Preacher: You familiar with interfering with an officer?

Trooper: Last time I checked Norway didn't have a cop.

Preacher: Sir? You checked with Orangeburg?

Preacher is the former police chief of Ehrhart, and said he was  now the constable for Norway and was on the job.

Preacher also said that he was in the middle of an investigation "about a man with a gun."

Troopers still question if Preacher is in fact a law officer. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the traffic stop and has not released any details into Preacher's status as an officer.

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