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Sperry police chief takes unusual step after getting caught speeding

Sperry police chief takes unusual step after getting caught speeding (KTUL)

With a population of just more than 1,000 people, it's hard to go unnoticed in Sperry.

People who break the law and speed usually find this out the hard way.

It's something Police Chief Justin Burch says they take seriously.

"Definitely on the highway, because we've had several fatality accidents over the past two or three years," said Burch.

But just the other day, it was the chief himself who ended up on the wrong side of the law.

"I was on my way home for an unrelated issue. It was towards the end of my shift," said Burch.

The trouble started along a stretch of 103rd Street on the edge of town. The chief says he was caught on camera going at least 20 miles an hour over the posted speed limit.

After seeing himself on the video, he made a decision.

"It was at that time I decided to hold myself accountable, just as anybody else should, and wrote myself a citation," said Burch.

People around town, like business owner John Brooks, say they like it.

"I applaud him for writing a ticket. If I would have been caught doing that, I would have gotten a ticket," said Brooks.

Kristian Briggs lives along the same road the chief was caught speeding on. He says out there speeders are a common sight.

"A lot of them go really fast, and there's schools through here, and it's not a good thing," said Briggs.

Briggs says the chief is setting an example by writing the ticket.

We asked the chief about the video and if it had never been taken would he have still written himself a ticket.

"You know, honestly, probably not," said Burch. "You're not going to have people come in and say, hey, I was speeding, or I ran the stop sign, please write me a citation. But just like anybody else who did get caught, I need to be held accountable for my actions."

The chief says the ticket will cost him more than $300, which he plans to pay in full.

He still doesn't know who took the video but says whoever it is did the right thing.

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