Fairfax County Board Chairman John F. Herrity Jr., who complained this week that Virginia State Police were writing traffic citations when they should be clearing traffic, was charged recently with speeding in Fairfax City.
Herrity was stopped Oct. 10 after he passed a radar unit on Main Street near W.T. Woodson High School. He was charged with driving 59 mph in a 35-mph zone and faces a fine of $68 if convicted.
Fairfax City Officer Charles Spampinato said yesterday Herrity was grumpy about being stopped, but no grumpier than the average citizen.
"I guess it shows that everyone is treated equally," Herrity said. "And I guess it shows I'm human."
He said he "probably" would pay the fine, but said that he intended to have his speedometer calibrated to see if it was inaccurate.
"For me, it was just a routine radar arrest," Spampinato said.
The eastbound lane on Main Street where Herrity was stopped is a regular site for the city's traffic squad, which has a reputation of writing more speeding tickets per officer than any other police force in the area. "That's one reason we do work there," Spampinato said, "because people do fly through there."
Spampinato said he recognized Herrity soon after stopping him, but neither he nor the chairman made mention of his status.
After being handed his ticket, Spampinato said, Herrity mumbled "under his breath something about now he knows why so many speeding tickets are written in Fairfax City."
The officer said he called after the chairman, "One way to get around that, Mr. Herrity, is just to remember that the highest speed limit in the City of Fairfax is 35 miles per hour, so anytime you're in the city, just go that speed.
"He just turned around and walked away."