Fired Iowa Investigator Pays Trooper's Ticket

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By Katie Stinson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa criminal investigator who was removed from duty after complaining about Governor Terry Branstad's speeding SUV has paid the speeding ticket issued to a state trooper driving the vehicle.

Larry Hedlund paid the $181.50 ticket issued to Steve Lawrence, the trooper who was driving Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds in the governor's SUV on April 26th. The vehicle was clocked by a deputy traveling 84 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone on Highway 20.

Hedlund, who maintains he was fired in retaliation for complaining about the governor's speeding vehicle, said Saturday that he paid Lawrence's ticket because Branstad "had no intention of stepping up and doing so."

Hedlund sent an email to Lawrence saying his complaint "was never intended to hurt" Lawrence or cost him money.

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