Gov. Branstad's vehicle pulled over for speeding -- again
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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
The Iowa State Patrol says Gov. Terry Branstad's vehicle was involved in another speeding incident.
A Franklin County sheriff's deputy pulled over state trooper Darren Argabright on Aug. 27 while Argabright was driving Branstad to an event in Hampton, Sgt. Scott Bright with the Iowa State Patrol said Friday.
Argabright was driving less than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit and received a warning, Franklin County Sheriff Larry Richtsmeier said.
This follows a high-profile incident in April, when another state trooper driving the governor was caught going 19 miles per hour over the speed limit. That was Trooper Steve Lawrence, who was ticketed and disciplined.
"Nobody's above the law," Branstad said. "I made it clear to the troopers that are part of the governor's security detail they need to abide by the speed limits. In this case, the individual was going less than 10 miles over the speed limit."
The Iowa State Patrol said Argabright notified his superiors immediately after receiving the warning in late August. The patrol then launched an investigation and gave Argabright unspecified disciplinary action.
"We think it's really important that we set a good example, and when people fail to abide by the law, they need to be penalized for doing so," Branstad said.
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