GOVERNOR SPEEDING: Troopers Investigated

A high level agent with the State Division of Criminal Investigation was suspended just days after he reported the governor’s vehicle speeding.

The drama began in April when now suspended DCI agent Larry Hedlund spotted an SUV speeding on Highway 20 just east of I-35, and called the State Patrol.

A trooper caught up and clocked the SUV at 84 miles per hour.  It turns out it was the governor`s SUV, driven by another trooper with the governor inside, so it wasn’t pulled over.

We asked the governor whether he thought it was appropriate for his driver to be going nearly 20-miles per hour over the speed limit.

“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.” Governor Branstad replied.

When Hedlund called the dispatcher back after finding out he targeted the governor`s speeding SUV, he seemingly joked that the incident would have an impact on his career.

“”Hey sherry.  Larry Hedlund here.”

“Hi Larry.  My God, I haven’t talked to you in forever.”

“Yeah, well, might be one of the last times we talk too based on my career decisions lately.”

A spokesman for the State Patrol says the incident is under investigation.

Hedlund’s attorney did not respond to our request for a comment, but he told Radio Iowa his client complained to superiors that the trooper who was driving the governor had been given a free pass for going almost 20 miles an hour above the posted speed limit.

A state patrol spokesman says the trooper driving the governor and the trooper who did not pull him over are both being investigated.

Because this is now considered a confidential personnel matter, we may never know the outcome of the investigation.

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