Iowa Fires Agent Who Pursued Governors Speeding SUV

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

(AP) — An Iowa investigator who complained about the governor’s speeding vehicle has been fired following a disciplinary review.

Attorney Tom Duff tells The Associated Press in an e-mail that Special Agent in Charge Larry Hedlund of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation learned of his termination Wednesday.

The 25-year veteran initiated an April 26 pursuit of an SUV that zipped past him at 90 mph in northern Iowa. A trooper let the vehicle go after learning it was another trooper who was driving Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Hedlund complained to superiors April 29 that the incident endangered public safety.

He was placed on leave May 1 pending an investigation of alleged rule violations, including operating his vehicle on a vacation day and being disrespectful during a conference call.

  • meanoldwoman

    Do as I say not as I do is the usual stance for politicians. The law applies to all.

    Current score: 7
  • Western Copper

    Unfortunately not entirely true….state senators are exempt from most traffic laws if they are going to or coming from the capitol when legislature is in session……totally asinine, but I understand there have been a couple dui’s dismissed due to this idiotic law.

    Current score: 2