Ohio Cops Flush Plumber Joe's Speeding Ticket

Toledo police worried about 'negative repercussions'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2008 1:08 PM CST
Samuel Wurzelbacher, or as John McCain dubbed him, "Joe The Pumber", arrives at the Flag Lady's Flag Store with former White House Budget Director, Rob Portman, Oct. 28, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
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(Newser) – It seems Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, or as John McCain dubbed him, “Joe the Plumber,” lives a charmed life. Wurzelbacher was caught going 50mph in a 35mph zone in Toledo last week, but America’s favorite toilet doctor got off with just a warning. The officer decided a ticket would have “negative repercussions to the department and city as a whole,” according to the official report.

Nor is it the first strange incident between Joe and the department. Last Tuesday, a day before Wurzelbacher was pulled over, the police chief announced that a department clerk was being fined for allegedly looking up Mr. The Plumber’s address in a state database.