State Senator Bruce “High Speed” Holland today pleaded “no contest” as part of his appeal of his September 2011 conviction of leading Perry County deputies on a high speed chase.
Last September, Holland was convicted on the misdemeanor charges of fleeing, careless driving and improper passing during a high-speed police chase through Perry County. Holland expected the court to believe he didn’t notice the flashing blue lights of a police car that chased his Nissan 350Z sports car for 16 miles in speeds that at times went over 100 miles per hour. Judge Elizabeth Wise certainly didn’t believe him and convicted him on the aforementioned charges. Holland received a $890 fine and 400 hours of community service.
Holland decided to appeal the original conviction, publicly offering various, and frankly laughable, excuses of for speeding and endangering numerous lives. Prosecutor Larry Jegley had this to say last year about Holland’s shameful attitude about the whole incident:
“He (Holland) needs to man up and take his punishment and be done with it. You drive at those kinds of speeds on those kinds of roads under those kinds of conditions, you are endangering human life, period,” Jegley said.
Jegley promised last year that if Holland had lost his appeal, he likely could have faced jail time.
In the end, “High Speed” Holland smartly folded and pleaded no contest to the charges. Holland must complete 80 hours of community service and has already paid the $890 fine.
We can now close this chapter on Holland’s embarrassing incident and his flagrant disrespect for law enforcement.
That is unless Bruce “High Speed” Holland and Mark “Bourbon & Bacon” Biviano decide to form a Legislative Safe Driving Caucus.