George Zimmerman pulled over for speeding

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by REBECCA LOPEZ and JOBIN PANICKER / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 4:31 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 8:11 AM

FORNEY — Recently-acquitted Florida murder suspect George Zimmerman was pulled over in Forney Sunday and let go with a warning for speeding after he was found to be clear of warrants, WFAA has confirmed.

As first reported by inForney.com, Zimmerman — driving a charcoal color Honda pickup truck — was pulled over at 12:43 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Highway 80 just past FM 548, 31 miles east of Dallas.

"The reason for the stop is your speed, OK?" the unnamed officer told Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin. "I want you to slow down a little bit for me, and as long as you don't have any warrants, you'll be cut loose with a warning, OK?

According to Forney City Manager Brian Brooks, Zimmerman told the officer he had a gun in the glove compartment at the beginning of the stop. After he told him about the firearm, the officer asked where Zimmerman was heading, to which he responded, "Nowhere in particular."

According to the inForney.com report, when the officer asked why, Zimmerman responded: "You didn't see my name?"

The officer checked Zimmerman for outstanding warrants, and when he came back clear, the officer asked Zimmerman to slow down and sent him off with a warning.

"Just take it easy," the officer said. "Go ahead and shut your glove compartment. Don't play with your firearm, OK?"

Brooks said police were not certain how fast Zimmerman was traveling and that it was a routine traffic stop. The name of the officer involved was not released.

"He obviously didn't expect to pull over George Zimmerman. I don't think he wants the notoriety," Brooks said.

WFAA talked with the manager of the InForney.com website, an online publication for news happening in the Forney area. Matthew Richards says he got a call from a very reliable source on Monday.

So he filed the necessary public information requests to see if the tip was accurate.

"It was just kind of, 'All right, I'll put in a request; we'll see if anything comes of it,'" Richards said.

He posted the story shortly after noon on Wednesday. "Our website crashed within five minutes," Richards said. "Go through my phone and there's requests from all over the country and Europe asking for stills and video."

The only other time Zimmerman has been seen in public since his acquittal was when he helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle following a roadway accident in suburban Orlando.

Zimmerman's acquittal on July 13 prompted rallies nationwide calling for a civil rights probe and federal charges against him.

Last year's shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, initiated a national dialogue about equal justice, racial profiling, gun control and self-defense laws.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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