Virginia congressman fined for speeding incident

FILE- In this May 19, 2015, file photo, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics. Under the ethics change pushed by Goodlatte, the independent body would fall under the control of the House Ethics Committee, which is run by lawmakers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) — A Virginia congressman will pay over $300 following an April speeding incident.

Local outlets report that court records show U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s speeding charge was downgraded to a “defective speedometer” infraction on Wednesday. Goodlatte was originally charged with driving 69 mph (111 kph) in a 35 mph (56 kph) school zone on April 12 in Nelson County.

The Republican congressman representing Virginia’s 6th District will pay a $238 fine and $64 in court costs.

Nelson County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Erik Laub says the amended charge is standard procedure for his office when a driver has a clean record. The fine does not result in Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles points on the driver’s record.

Goodlatte’s spokeswoman Beth Breeding says the congressman regrets the incident.

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