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Owens ticketed for speeding violation

PLATTSBURGH-Rep.WilliamL.Owens, D-Plattsburgh, recently found himself on the wrong side of the law for a speeding violation in St. Lawrence County.

A state police officer issued Owens a ticket Feb. 23 when the Congressman was stopped on State Route 3 in the town of Colton after being clocked at traveling 84 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. Owens and his press secretary, Sean Magers, were driving back to Plattsburgh from Watertown after a day meeting with constituents, said Magers.

When asked by the officer why he was traveling so fast, Owens reportedly answered, "I am just trying to make it home." According to Magers, the matter was "an isolated incident."

"The Congressman acknowledges that he was going too fast, has learned his lesson and pledges not to let it happen again," Magers wrote in a statement to the media.

Owens sent his attorney to Colton Town Court on his behalf May 25 with a request to dismiss the six points on his driver's license as a result of the charge. Magers confirmed the judge compromised, with Owens receiving two points on his license and a fine.

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