Lawyers: Speed limit doesn't apply to Ill. trooper

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by The Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on March 11, 2010 at 6:54 PM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Attorneys for an Illinois state trooper who allegedly caused a crash that killed two sisters on an Illinois freeway say the charges should be dismissed.

Trooper Matt Mitchell's lawyers argue he isn't required to obey speed limit laws because he's a police officer and was acting in an emergency.

Mitchell was driving more than 100 mph on Interstate 64 in 2007 while trying to get to an accident scene. That's when his patrol car veered into the path of an oncoming car occupied by teenage sisters Jessica and Kelli Uhl of Collinsville. Both died at the scene.

But St. Clair prosecutors say "a person of ordinary intelligence" knows Mitchell broke the law.

Mitchell faces reckless homicide and reckless driving charges. He's pleaded not guilty.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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