State Rep. Donald Pridemore sometimes finds it easier to pass laws than to observe them.
Pridemore was fined $200.50 this week for driving after his license was suspended. The Hartford Republican failed to show up for a Tuesday court hearing, so a Chippewa County judge issued a default judgment finding Pridemore guilty of the violation.
Reached today, Pridemore said his license was suspended when he failed to pay a citation for speeding in West Allis earlier this year. He said he tried to pay the ticket before his July trip to Chippewa County to visit relatives.
But he claimed he couldn't because no one would answer the phone at the West Allis municipal building after 2 p.m.
"It's just an unfortunate circumstance," he said. "I tried to fix it but wasn't able to."
Pridemore said the Chippewa County court date sneaked up on him and he wasn't able to travel north Tuesday for the court hearing.
The lead-footed lawmaker was also ticketed twice for speeding in 2010, both in Dodge County.
"That's why I try to use cruise control," said Pridemore, 64.