IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A key witness in the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s investigation of a speeding incident involving Gov. Terry Branstad was once fired by the department.
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy Rod Hicok confirmed Monday that he clocked Branstad’s vehicle traveling at 84 mph on April 26. He said he’ll be interviewed Tuesday as part of DPS’s review of the two troopers involved.
Hicok was with trooper Matthew Eimers when Eimers was asked to respond to a report of a vehicle traveling 90 mph. Eimers let the vehicle go after learning it was another trooper transporting Branstad.
Hicok spent three decades with Iowa State Patrol before he was suspended in 2009 after forwarding an email portraying Barack Obama’s supporters as criminals. He was later fired after sharing other offensive jokes.