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Mary Milz/Eyewitness News

Indianapolis - Records show the arrest of Indianapolis Airport Authority CEO John Clark after he was caught driving well over 100 miles per hour while on city business.

John Clark didn't say much when asked about his job interview in Atlanta two weeks ago or when we tried to reach him about his travel expenses. As Eyewitness News reported Thursday, Clark racked up nearly $45,000 in travel expenses during his first 15 months on the job.

One trip took him to Miami for the Super Bowl in February 2010. He hosted representatives from several airlines, expensing $4,500 for five game tickets and $1,300 for his hotel costs, but he evidently didn't spend the last night there.

Just hours after the game, he left Miami, heading north on I-95 toward Vero Beach. He didn't return to his Coral Gables hotel that night.

Clark was pulled over in his Porsche 911 going almost twice the posted speed limit. At 2:00 am, Clark was clocked at 135 mph in a 70 mph zone. He was arrested and charged with willful, wanton, reckless driving and spent several hours in the Indian River County Jail before posting $500 bond.

The arresting officer wrote in his report, "as I approached the Porsche, I began to receive steady pace clock speed readings of 120MPH. The Porsche suddenly accelerated. Speeds leveled off at 135 miles per hour."

"I wasn't aware of that at all," said Mayor Greg Ballard (R-Indianapolis).

Seven months after Clark's arrest, the mayor, who appoints several airport board members, says he didn't know the CEO was arrested while on city business.

"On the surface it does not sound good, no question about it," said Ballard. "If that happened, it's not appropriate behavior, but he's an employee of the muncipal corporation and they'll have to handle that."

As for why the airport authority paid for Super Bowl tickets and who signed off on travel expenses for Clark's 31 business trips?

"Again the board there hired him and oversees everything," said Ballard. When Eyewitness News pointed out that Ballard appoints board members, he responded, "Not all of them."

Ballard said he was concerned about the arrest incident, "but he's an employee of the board so we'll have to see what they do."

Eyewitness News tried to reach several board members, but only one got back us, referring us to the airport spokesperson.

Clark pleaded no contest to the reckless driving charge and paid $905 in fines and court costs.

There is still no word on whether he got the job in Atlanta.

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