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Truck driver records state trooper, gets out of ticket

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Brian Miner recorded his exchange with a state trooper and posted it online. (Source: Brian Miner/Facebook) Brian Miner recorded his exchange with a state trooper and posted it online. (Source: Brian Miner/Facebook)

(CBS) - Illinois State Police officials are reviewing an incident involving a trooper who pulled over a truck driver for honking his horn.

Brian Miner explained he honked at the trooper because he was speeding and using his cell phone on a wet road.

Illinois state law says law enforcement officers can use cell phones while driving.

The trooper was intent on writing a ticket, but the tone of the conversation changed when Miner informed the officer he was being recorded.

"I looked at your record; you got a ticket recently for the one headlight or something, looks like," the trooper said after returning from his car. "I didn't write your ticket. I didn't want to hurt your record. No violation, no warning, no nothing."

As for Miner, he had a reminder for drivers everywhere.

"Me putting the video out there, I was hoping I did embarrass him a little bit," he said. "That was kind of like me giving him a ticket. That's what happens when they know you're recording."

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