Ex-Mo. House speaker pleads guilty in traffic case

A former Missouri House speaker has pleaded guilty to a traffic violation in southeastern Missouri.

The Southeast Missourian newspaper reported that Rod Jetton pleaded guilty in Butler County traffic court to a charge of interfering with traffic by driving using excessive noise. Jetton paid a $100 fine last week. Jetton, who is 43 years old, was issued a court summons in November for careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident.

The former state lawmaker was represented by state Sen. Jason Crowell, a Republican from Cape Girardeau.

Jetton left the Missouri House in January 2009 because of term limits. He is a Republican and represented a House district that included Marble Hill.

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