Iowa trooper convicted of speeding with governor

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (AP) — A trooper has been convicted of speeding while driving Gov. Terry Branstad after declining to fight a citation.

Steven Lawrence opted not to challenge the $181.50 ticket Tuesday in Hamilton County for driving 84 mph in a 65-mph zone on Highway 20 in April.

The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1eZK1GM ) reports the ticket has been paid.

Lawrence was ticketed three months after the April 26 incident in which he was transporting Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. A trooper responded to a complaint of a speeding SUV but didn’t stop the vehicle after seeing it was “Car 1,” the governor’s state-assigned vehicle.

The Iowa State Patrol disciplined and ticketed Lawrence last month, only after audio and video of the incident were released and the case created political controversy for Branstad.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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