On June 19, 2022, Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins was pulled over for a second time by Florida Highway Patrol officers for speeding. Recently released video footage shows the commissioner using his position to extricate himself from the situation.
In a video published by the Daytona Beach News Journal, Joe Mullins, driving a red Ferrari, can be seen being pulled over by police officers for speeding. According to the police quote, the commissioner’s 2013 Ferrari convertible sports car was driving at 92 mph in a 70-mph zone.
However, the district administrator’s response to the border crossing was anything but contrite. In the dashcam video, Mullins can be seen interrupting the trooper by saying:
“I run the county.”
Who is Joe Mullins? County residents accuse the commissioner of ruining the county’s reputation
Flagler County County Commissioner Joe Mullins is not new to trouble with the law. He had previously been pulled over by police officers in a Mercedes-Benz SUV for driving 89 mph in a 60-mph zone on Interstate 4. He had reportedly tried to escape using his name at the time as well.
Footage from the Daytona Beach News Journal shows soldiers discussing the commissioner’s conduct. “He said he was a county commissioner,” one police officer is heard saying, to which another replies that he’s still getting a ticket. According to the local publication, the Troopers had also threatened to arrest him, to which Joe Mullins had said:
“…it would be a career-ending step if I arrested him for disobeying a lawful order.”
In the reports, police went on to say that the commissioner “flashed his business card” in hopes of being exonerated. They found Mullins’ behavior:
“extremely condescending, aggressive, illogical and disrespectful.”
In response to the reports, Mullins has pleaded leniency, saying he was in a hurry and had not observed the speed limit.
The commissioner’s repeated attempts to free him have drawn negative reactions online, with people citing the incidents as reasons not to re-elect him. As a representative of the district, his behavior is regarded as damaging to the reputation of the otherwise peaceful district.
According to candidate reports found online, the 51-year-old commissioner is a successful entrepreneur and is the founder and president of The Mullins Companies. He is a member of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, the Flagler County Republican Executive Committee, the Flagler County Rotary Club, and the Palm Coast Italian-American Club. He had campaigned for the Flagler County Commission – District 4 seat.