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No one is above the law, just ask Spokane's police chief

Kirkpatrick profusely apologized for putting the deputy who pulled her over in such a position Kirkpatrick profusely apologized for putting the deputy who pulled her over in such a position

SPOKANE, Wash. - Everybody has heard it, but now, here's one reason to really believe that no one is above the law. Over the weekend a high profile individual received a ticket and it's an individual who is no stranger to flashing lights, though she's usually on the other side of them.

The ticket is the end result of what was meant to be a leisurely drive, time to get out, escape the work week and find a place to relax.

Saturday, Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick was heading to a picnic spot by the Spokane River. She says she pulled over at a park bench and hopped out of the car and was heading down to a picnic spot, when she decided that space just didn't smell right.

"The stench was overwhelming, so I jumped back in the car and I rolled down all my windows... I'm driving down Upriver Rd. trying to air my car," says Kirkpatrick "and much to my chagrin and my apologies to this community, I was speeding and a deputy did pull me over."

Chief Kirkpatrick was driving in an unmarked car and believes the deputy did not know who he had just pulled over and says she was glad he didn't know.

Kirkpatrick offered the officer her driver's license and that's when the deputy realized who he had pulled over. She say's she felt sorry for the deputy and says she is sorry for putting him in that position.

"He told me I was speeding... I said then 'you've gotta write me the ticket,'" says Kirkpatrick, "I didn't give him an option to not write me a ticket."

The ticket, which was $154 for 13 miles per hour over the speed limit, is not Kirkpatrick's first in her 27 years on the force. Kirkpatrick says it turned out to be a very expensive picnic and added that on the following day, she was driving at a pace where everyone was passing her, saying "it modified my behavior."

As for the deputy, Kirkpatrick repeated her apologies for putting him in that position.

"He did the right thing, I'm sorry I put him in the position," says Kirkpatrick "but it was my behavior that put him in the position, not anything he did."

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