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CAUGHT ON TAPE: Troopers giving pass to speeding caravan of officers near Wenatchee

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A video on YouTube containing audio of Troopers ignoring speeding officers on their way to a conference in Chelan was posted on YouTube Thursday. (PHOTO/VIDEO: YouTube/MULTIPLESHOTSFIRED A video on YouTube containing audio of Troopers ignoring speeding officers on their way to a conference in Chelan was posted on YouTube Thursday. (PHOTO/VIDEO: YouTube/MULTIPLESHOTSFIRED
WENATCHEE, Wash. - UPDATE: Bob Calkins, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol, has responded to a video that shows WSP troopers working together to prevent other law enforcement officers from getting speeding tickets. Calkins says the agency will be handling this in a few different ways.

He says the officers who were speeding, to get a law enforcement conference in Chelan, were talked to at the conference and asked to slow down. The video was actually played at a law enforcement conference, and Calkins says the agency is aware that this gives them a poor image in the community. Calkins adds that troopers, like everyone else, must follow the law, and if there is cause for further discipline it will be applied.

He also says in general troopers avoid stopping marked police vehicles. He says there is no telling what the officer is doing. For example, even without the lights on, the officer may be responding to an emergency. Generally, says Calkins, the driving offense is noted and that officer is spoken to later.
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Most Washington drivers are aware that the Washington State Patrol sometimes conducts speed enforcement patrols on highways with the aid of aircraft. If the plane in the sky catches you speeding or driving unsafely, they will notify a Trooper up ahead, let them know what infraction you're suspected of committing, and you will then be pulled over and most likely cited. But what happens if you're a fellow law enforcement officer and you're caught by the plane? According to audio released on YouTube by multipleshotsfired.com, not a whole lot. The website released a video claiming to be from October 8, 2014, containing audio between Troopers in the air and Troopers on the ground during a speed enforcement exercise on Highway 2 just outside Wenatchee. In the audio, each time a car is clocked speeding by the plane, the Trooper on the ground relays the offender is another officer on their way to a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) conference in Chelan. 


None of the officer vehicles, many going more than 20 mph over the speed limit, including a motorcycle officer weaving in and out of traffic, were pulled over. 

In the audio you can hear the Trooper in the air joke with the Trooper on the ground before giving up that they got plenty of speeders, then seemingly indicate that they couldn't pull any of them over because they were all fellow officers.

The Washington State Patrol confirmed with a Seattle media outlet that the audio is authentic. 

KHQ has reached out to the Washington State Patrol for comment, but we have not heard back. We will update this story as soon as we get their comment.  

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