TIMES WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON — He may be cautious and deliberate as a politician, but Rep. William L. Owens comes down hard on the gas pedal.
Mr. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, received a speeding ticket in February in the town of Colton, where police said he was driving 84 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour speed zone on State Route 3.
His lawyer appeared in Town Court Tuesday night and the judge agreed to a violation that carries two points on Mr. Owens's drivers license and a fine, the congressman said, a common disposition for speeding tickets.
Mr. Owens said he was driving from Watertown to his home in Plattsburgh when he was stopped on Feb. 23. He said there was little interaction with the state trooper, who appeared not to recognize he had pulled over a member of Congress.
A spokesman for Mr. Owens, Sean Magers, said the congressman did not use his position to seek favorable treatment and received a penalty typical of such offenses.
"He was going 84. He should have gotten a speeding ticket," Mr. Magers said Tuesday.