Dem #WVGOV Candidate @JusticeForWV caught verbally assaulting police officer on dashcam: https://t.co/sLAVrTa1Ba pic.twitter.com/dSP0Gks9KI— The RGA (@The_RGA) November 8, 2015
An officer with the Lewisburg Police Department made the mistake of pulling over Democratic billionaire Jim Justice, the richest man in West Virginia who is his party's likely gubernatorial candidate next year. The officer said that Justice was doing 54 in a 40 miles per hour zone.
Justice tried to bully the officer. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph got wind of the story, and today, 11 months after the confrontation, broke the news.
From Samantha Perry, editor of the Daily Telegraph:
The video shows Jim Justice, West Virginia’s richest man, owner of The Greenbrier and a current Democratic candidate for governor, being pulled over for driving 54 mph in a 40 mph zone in the town of Lewisburg.
The rumor mill was not on par with the video. There was no screaming, yelling, cursing or ranting. There was, however, disappointing behavior.
The first issue that becomes relevant in the video is that Justice’s tags are not on file as being registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles. The officer clearly gives him a break on this, but does cite him for speeding — although he drops the amount from 54 to 44 mph in a 40 mph zone.
Most folks would be happy with this, but not Justice. In the dashcam video, he twice notes that he is not “above the law,” yet when the officer tickets him he calls him a “total lunatic” and “crazy.”
Perhaps the most damning part of the video is when the young officer, polite and professional throughout the encounter, offers to explain the ticket to Justice.
Justice’s response: “I want you to explain it to your boss.”Apparently Justice does run Lewisburg, for Samantha Perry also reported: "On Dec. 5, 2014, Sgt. J.A. Vance was enforcing the speed limits of his town when he pulled over Jim Justice. He gave him a break on the tags and speeding, but also issued a rightfully earned citation. (One that, by the way, was later voided.)"
Readers can let me know if the Charleston newspaper reports on this.