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Deputy constable has history of driving at high speeds


He's the Maricopa County constable accused of breaking the law  every time he goes to work.

Gilbert Trejo is the only deputy constable in the state without proper certification.

CBS5 has now learned that Trejo may have also put the public at risk by racing through Valley streets in his county vehicle.

CBS5 pulled up Trejo's past vehicle history and found that this deputy constable has an occasional need for speed.

County records from Trejo's assigned vehicle show he was going in excess of 90 mph on several occasions last year.

One time Trejo was clocked in at 106 mph.

"Everything that's required to do this job, I am trained in," said Trejo.

Legal experts told CBS5 that Trejo could be putting the county and taxpayers at risk should anything happen on the job.

However, Trejo and his attorney don't see it that way.

They said that the state law requiring certification was put in place years after Trejo was appointed deputy constable in 2005, so Trejo should be grandfathered in and keep his position.

A letter from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to Trejo's attorney states:

"Mr. Trejo cannot act as a peace officer as a county employee without proper certification."

So why then is the county still allowing Trejo to carry out his duties as deputy constable?

"Mr. Trejo has certain rights," said Maricopa County representative Cari Gerchick. "We have to balance what AZ POST's position is with Maricopa County's interest and Mr. Trejo's interest."

County officials have told Trejo that they will pay for his certification and he will be allowed to keep his position.

Trejo told CBS5 he has no plans to obtain certification through the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.

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