July 30th, 2010
02:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Congressman pulled over on live radio

Washington (CNN) - A traffic stop can be unnerving enough, but try it with thousands of people listening in as you're pulled over.

Police in suburban Washington stopped Congressman Dan Lungren, R-California, on his way to work Friday morning, right in the middle of a live interview with a radio station in his home district.

Just as CNN Radio affiliate KFBK in Sacramento began the interview on Lungren's International Megan's Law bill, listeners heard the officer say sternly "can you hang up the phone, sir?"

Lungren told the host, "I have to get off the phone in just a moment here. Can I call you in just a second? I'm sorry – I'm talking to a police officer here."

The station took a break, with the host saying "that was interesting". Moments later, the Congressman was back in the phone, noting with a chuckle he was driving "just slightly over the speed limit".

Lungren joked "I guess I was just excited to be on the radio".

As the officer ran his information, he continued the interview, discussing the bill that passed the House of Representatives this week requiring sex offenders to tell officials 21 days before they leave the country.

And in the end, Lungren Communications Director Brian Kaveney told CNN the officer who stopped him along the George Washington Parkway in Virginia let him off with a warning.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Naqib

    That's funny...
    Had it been a Democrat it would have been "Can you put down the bottle Sir"...
    Oh... I miss the Kennedy's

    July 30, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Deb Smyth

    Rep. Weiner was absolutely justified in his outrage and disgust. What he did was a thing of beauty to behold. Republicans do oppose anything – anything! – if proposed by Dems. Republicans care ONLY about their power. They SHOULD be ashamed. They don't care about this country or its citizens. If only the rest of the spineless Dems could get a clue and follow Rep. Weiner's lead.

    July 30, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. George of the jungle

    Glad it was a repo they would be making a edited video if it was a democrat. Probably have him hauled off in cuffs.

    July 30, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. thomas

    Being a native Californian ,
    It makes me want to scream every time I see a cop or public official using the cell phone when there driving, They passed this stupid law and want the public to comply , yet they have the privilege of not abiding by the laws they enact and enforce.
    Dan Lungren R is a old school obstructionist. He has done NOTHING to bring Californias clean energy up to speed with the rest of the world, his ties with SDGE and Enron cost this State $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    July 30, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. DIANA

    That's too funny! I'm from California and I love it. Didn't he read the law that was passed where you're not supposed to drive while talking on the phone?

    July 30, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Liberals are poison

    The officer let him off with a warning because he liked the bumper stickers on his car. "OOPS" "NOBAMA" "DON'T BLAME ME, I VOTED FOR PALIN"

    July 30, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Mickey, NY

    Another Republican who thinks he's above the law...disgusting.

    July 30, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    CNN seems to be the new enquirer of the 21st century. Not only do they continue to report on useless twits, the quitter of AK and every brain fart she has, but now they are instrumental in having congressmen stopped for traffic violations.
    To the men in blue in VA? What? No ticket because he is a member of congress? Shame!!!

    July 30, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. c risden

    why did the republicans kill the small business lending bill?
    the vote was 58-42,with all 41 republicans voting no .

    July 30, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Kate

    It is truly irresponsible to be driving while distracted. How many studies need to be published that prove people do not use proper driving techniques when talking on a cell phone? And, this idiot is a Congressman, which is undisputable proof he cannot even walk and chew gum at the same time.

    July 30, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Tiger Mil

    Congressmen don't get traffic tickets while Congress is in session.
    Better than diplomatic immunity.

    July 30, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. ja

    and what office does he hold, sad

    July 30, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. z-man

    ...should've given him a ticket. I'm sure he could afford it! It would've been his way of contributing back to the economy. The officer must've been a Dem also...

    July 30, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Bill

    I thought Congress was immune from traffic violations if on official business or going to/from work?

    July 30, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. chad

    get off your phone while you drive! this man has been a danger to america in the house and now the freakin road too! people on cell phones are more dangerous than teens behind the wheel! grow up dan!

    July 30, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Pkm

    Hope dan got a ticket for talking on the phone

    July 30, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    Got to love those Republicans, always above the law. They get to walk on civil charges, on criminal charges, and traffic charges.

    July 30, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Jackalope

    Typical conservative Republican–laws are for the "little people."

    July 30, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Hugo

    Gosh, did he stay on the line long enough for everyone to hear the police officer ask him for his ID? What all these people are missing in what Obama and the Dems are working is that with Amnesty comes the path to citizenship for a HUGE population of hispanics that are here illegally. With that would come their vote, believe it, otherwise the Dems would be more concerned with spending the 100 billion in tax dollars annually that they are costing all of us!

    July 30, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Screaming Wiener

    I wish it were Congressman Wiener being pulled over. What a complete joke he is. His faux passion/outrage was laughable. No need to demonize the other party because you don't agree with their solution.

    Anyone that blames republican 'obstruction' are clueless. The democrats can have anything they want (read 'super majority'). If you buy into the Obama/Wiener blame game, you're as smart as a rock.

    July 30, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Tom in Wisconsin

    Congressional representatives have immunity from traffic violations while traveling to or from official congressional duties.

    July 30, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |