VANCOUVER — The Commissioner of the RCMP was reluctant to answer questions about a speeding ticket he avoided after being stopped by an officer along a British Columbia highway.
Bob Paulson told members of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade that he was pulled over while driving a rental vehicle along the Coquihalla Highway returning from a friend's wedding last year.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson waits to appear before the Commons public safety and national security committee in Ottawa, Feb. 23, 2016. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)
"The officer walks up and says, 'Do you have any idea how fast you were going?'" Paulson told the crowd.
"He says, 'Driver's licence and registration,' ... and I gave him my licence and he looks at it and he goes, 'Aw, seriously,'" he added, as the crowd laughed.
When questioned later by a reporter, Paulson initially said it was just a story he made up.
When pressed, Paulson said the story was true but he didn't want to say whether he had received a ticket.
"I don't want to talk about that. I do not want to talk about that," he said.
A short while later Paulson was again asked about the speeding story. He confirmed he had not been given a ticket but said he hadn't received preferential treatment.
"I was warned," Paulson said.
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