ParksSedgwick County commissioner Kelly Parks appealed a Wichita speeding ticket this morning but came out on the losing end.
Officer Stella Boyd testified that Parks told her "This is going to be on the front page of the paper tomorrow" when she stopped him driving 36 in a 25-mph zone on June 23.
Parks, a former Valley Center police chief, maintained that he was not guilty of speeding in a park — the specific citation — because the section of West River Boulevard where he was stopped was not designated by the city as being part of the park system.
Assistant city attorney Mike Hoelscher said the list of streets was not mean to be all-inclusive and that most people regard that area, in Riverside, as a park. Hoelscher said Parks would have passed the 25 mph speed limit sign before he was stopped by police.
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Parks' lawyer, Kenneth Estes, also contended that the city did not do a traffic study to lower the speed limit there to 25 mph.
An assistant traffic engineer testified that such a study was not required.
He also testified that the speed limit there is 25 mph to limit serious injuries or fatalities. He said fatalities are more likely to occur at 35 mph than at 25 mph.
An officer also testified that Parks was on his cell phone when stopped.
Senior Judge Ron Innes — brought in because other judges know Parks — upheld that Parks was speeding and ordered him to pay a $25 fine, $95 in court courts and a $10 fee for his appeal.
Read more about the case in Friday's Eagle.