Iowa gov’s vehicle no longer a mystery to police

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The ownership of Gov. Terry Branstad’s state vehicle and others in his security detail will no longer be a mystery to curious law enforcement officials.

An Iowa Department of Public Safety spokesman said Monday that license plates for Branstad’s Chevy Tahoe and 13 others in its fleet have been added to computerized files.

Before, anyone who ran the plates through police databases learned that the registration information wasn’t on record. That status meant that cities who operate traffic cameras would not give them tickets and officers who otherwise needed to check them were left in the dark.

Now, such inquiries will show the vehicles are registered to Iowa DPS.

Sgt. Scott Bright says the information has also been added for unmarked vehicles driven by captains, and more changes are likely.

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