ALTOONA, Iowa — Newly released video from the Iowa State Patrol shows the incident where Democratic candidate for governor, Jack Hatch, a Des Moines State Senator, got caught speeding through a construction zone on Interstate 80 in Altoona May 19th.
The dash cam video shows the trooper telling dispatch that he clocked Hatch’s Ford Escape three different times traveling 68 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. After pulling over Hatch’s vehicle, the trooper told the dispatcher Hatch claimed, “He thought he was going with the flow of traffic.”
The trooper didn’t ticket Hatch for driving in a construction zone, saying the workers were behind a concrete wall at the time and speeding vehicles weren’t an immediate safety threat to them. The trooper also dropped Hatch’s ticket to show he had been driving 65 miles per hour. The troopers’ decisions saved Hatch hundreds of dollars. Hatch faced a ticket of $114. He could have had to pay a ticket of $465.
Hatch’s campaign released this statement to Channel 13 News.
“I released the information to the media as soon as I was picked up and then immediately paid the ticket and took responsibility for my actions. This is in contrast to the Governor’s actions, as he fired the agent who dared speak about his vehicle traveling a ‘hard 90′ in north central Iowa. It’s an important contrast.”
Hatch’s statement refers to former D.C.I. Agent Larry Hedlund who got fired after clocking an SUV carrying Governor Terry Branstad, Hatch’s 2014 general election opponent, driving nearly 90 miles per hour. Hedlund complained to superiors that the trooper driving the governor did not receive a ticket at the time. Hedlund later got fired.
The governor’s office said Hedlund lost his job because of other various disciplinary problems. The trooper driving the governor that day later received and paid ticket for speeding.
Court records confirm Hatch paid the ticket for his own speeding incident.
Update: Governor Branstad’s campaign issued a response to the release of the video.
“Our campaign will continue to focus on issues that are truly important to Iowans,” Spokesman Tommy Schultz said in an email.