GOV. SPEEDING: DCI Agent Investigation Not Connected
The Iowa Department of Public Safety says an internal investigation of a DCI agent is not connected to a complaint regarding a trooper speeding behind the wheel of governor Branstad’s official SUV.
Special Agent Larry Hedlund clocked another on-duty officer driving nearly 20mph over the speed limit.
Public safety says they are conducting an investigation into the speeding incident but that investigation is limited to the two on duty state troopers involved – Gov. Branstad’s driver and the trooper that decided not to pull the speeding vehicle over.
DPS says it cannot comment on the investigation but says allegations of work rule violations against Hedlund exist and arose months before the incident with the governor.
The 25-year veteran based in Fort Dodge alluded to this when he called the dispatcher after finding out he targeted the governor`s speeding SUV. He seemingly joked that the incident would add to his problems.
“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.”
The Associated Press reports that DCI Director Charis Paulson emailed the day after the incident asking why Hedlund was driving his state vehicle on a vacation day.