South Dakota AG has a pattern of leveraging his position of power to circumvent the law: report

South Dakota AG has a pattern of leveraging his position of power to circumvent the law: report
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The Republican attorney general in South Dakota, who appears to have escaped impeachment following his involvement in a fatal hit-and-run crash, reportedly has a habit of using his position of power to avoid traffic tickets.

According to a South Dakota Highway Traffic report by the CBS News affiliate station, KELOLAND, South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (R) has a checkered driving history riddled with traffic stops. But despite being pulled over by police a total of 15 times in the last two years, the Republican state official has only been ticketed twice.

The news outlet also highlighted one traffic stop that serves as an example of how Ravnsborg managed to use his position to his advantage.

"That’s when a Gettysburg police officer pulled Ravnsborg over for going 50 miles an hour on a stretch of road with a 35 mile an hour speed limit," KELOLAND reported. "According to the highway patrol document, Ravnsborg told the officer he was the attorney general, was on his way to a meeting and felt the speed was necessary."

The officer who facilitated that traffic stop ultimately let Ravnsborg go with a warning. The traffic report also indicates that Ravnsborg had other exchanges with police officers in the months leading up to the fatal crash.

The latest development follows the highly publicized hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a man named Joe Boever. As a result of that fatal crash, Ravnsborg was charged with three misdemeanors including: "using a phone while driving, using traffic lanes unsafely, and driving carelessly."

However, he still managed to sidestep felony charges.


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