Agent Who Caught Branstad Speeding Fired

By: WOWT/The Associated Press Email
By: WOWT/The Associated Press Email

The man who tried to pull over Iowa Governor Terry Branstad's official vehicle has been disciplined. The Department of Public Safety says it had nothing to do with the incident.

Attorney Tom Duff tells The Associated Press that Special Agent in Charge Larry Hedlund of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was fired Wednesday.

In late April, Hedlund started chasing an SUV that zipped past him at 90 mph. It turns out a trooper was behind the wheel, driving Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Hedlund complained to superiors that the incident put the public at risk.

Wednesday, the DPS announced Hedlund had been disciplined for unrelated "allegations of work rule violations."

The man's attorney says SAC Hedlund had driven his official vehicle on a vacation day and for being disrespectful during a conference call.

In an email released to Channel Six's Des Moines sister station, Hedlund told superiors the trooper's speeding was out-of-line.

“This Department can’t afford to ignore what apparently is a common practice that puts the general public in danger. Regardless of what dignitaries might be in the back seat of the speeding vehicle, it is still against the law.”

Governor Branstad says he does not believe the termination has anything to do with the attempted traffic stop. He also adds he doesn't question his drivers.

"I don`t try to backseat drive or tell the troopers what they should do. I have confidence in them and I think they do a good job."

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