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State trooper does not challenge speeding ticket while driving Governor Branstad in Hamilton County.
Posted: Aug 20 2013 by ppowers

 The Iowa State Patrol trooper who was ticketed last month for an April speeding incident in Hamilton County while driving Governor Terry Branstad did not challenge the citation Tuesday in Hamilton County Magistrate Court. A conviction was entered against  Trooper Steven Lawrence of Johnston. Lawrence had been cited for driving 84 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone while transporting Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds on Highway 20 near Williams.  Lawrence was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Tuesday morning but he did not show up for it.  The Hamilton County Clerk of Court office reported that an online payment of $181.50 had been made to cover the fine. Earlier this summer Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Supervisor Larry Hedlund was fired after reporting the speeding incident although Governor Branstad has repeatedly denied Hedlund's dismissal was in retaliation. Governor Branstad has asked former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Louis Lavorato to review Hedlund's firing. Hedlund paid for Trooper Lawrence's speeding ticket last month but Lawrence sent a letter to the Hamilton County Clerk of Court office asked the money be returned. The speeding ticket was paid again July 31 online using a credit card but it did not show up immediately on online court records with the name of the person who paid the ticket was not immediately identified.

 The Iowa State Patrol trooper who was ticketed last month for an April speeding incident in Hamilton County while driving Governor Terry Branstad did not challenge the citation Tuesday in Hamilton County Magistrate Court. A conviction was entered against  Trooper Steven Lawrence of Johnston. Lawrence had been cited for driving 84 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone while transporting Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds on Highway 20 near Williams.  Lawrence was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Tuesday morning but he did not show up for it.  The Hamilton County Clerk of Court office reported that an online payment of $181.50 had been made to cover the fine. Earlier this summer Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Supervisor Larry Hedlund was fired after reporting the speeding incident although Governor Branstad has repeatedly denied Hedlund's dismissal was in retaliation. Governor Branstad has asked former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Louis Lavorato to review Hedlund's firing. Hedlund paid for Trooper Lawrence's speeding ticket last month but Lawrence sent a letter to the Hamilton County Clerk of Court office asked the money be returned. The speeding ticket was paid again July 31 online using a credit card but it did not show up immediately on online court records with the name of the person who paid the ticket was not immediately identified.

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