AP: Agent Said Iowa Gov's Speeding Was Safety Risk
by Associated Press
July 03, 2013 4:29 PM
A special agent complained to superiors at the Iowa Department of Public Safety that an April speeding incident involving the governor's vehicle put public safety at risk and illustrated a dangerous double standard.
Special Agent in Charge Larry Hedlund of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation sent a memo to superiors April 29, days after he was involved in a three-vehicle pursuit in which a trooper driving the governor was traveling 90 miles per hour but let go without consequence.
Hedlund wrote that, "Regardless of what dignitaries are in the back seat of the speeding vehicle, it is still against the law." Two days later, his superiors put him on paid administrative leave in what his attorney calls retaliation.
Hedlund's attorney gave the complaint to The Associated Press on Wednesday.