WILSON, Okla. (KTEN) — Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant was pulled over by a Wilson police officer for speeding last Friday, and his reaction to the incident was recorded.

Police said Bryant was driving an unmarked — but county-issued — pickup truck when he was stopped at the intersection of 10th Street and Hewitt Road after being clocked at 37 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Here's what happened when the officer approached the cab, as documented by bodycam footage.

BRYANT: "Do you really want my driver's license?"

OFFICER: "I just want to look at it."

BRYANT: "I'm the sheriff; I'm not giving you my license. I'm the sheriff."


BRYANT: "I'm not giving you my driver's license." 

The recording then showed Bryant — wearing a polo shirt emblazoned with his name and the sheriff's department emblem — exiting the truck less than 30 seconds after that exchange. Here's what he said to the Wilson officer:

BRYANT: "Do you realize I'm the sheriff of this county?"

OFFICER: "Yes, sir."

BRYANT: "OK. I'm the sheriff of this county."

Sheriff Bryant was not ticketed and was not arrested.

The Wilson police chief said his officer handled the situation properly, and that the sheriff met with him and Wilson's mayor after the incident. Bryant apologized to them and issued the following statement:

"I apologize for my actions on Friday in Wilson.  It was poor judgment on my part to be driving in excess of the speed limit and to not promptly display my driver’s license when asked to do so.  For whatever little it is worth, I did return to the Wilson Police Department about an hour later and apologized to the officer who had initiated the traffic stop.  I have also apologized to the City Mayor as well as the Police Chief.  There was no need for me to be curt.  This man was simply doing his Job."