Minnesota state trooper busted for speeding

Sgt. Jesse Grabow knows these babies can do 94 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Sgt. Jesse Grabow knows these babies can do 94 mph in a 55 mph zone.

It's a source of ire for law-abiding motorists when a cop car hypocritically flies by, well above the speed limit, with seemingly no emergency in sight. Granted, there are more grave abuses of power than an officer driving 10 mph too fast, but it sends a message that the badged ticket writers think they are above the law.

Well, one Minnesota state trooper recently found out the hard way he is not.

According to WCCO, Sgt. Jesse Grabow was cruising eastbound on Hwy. 210, shortly before 7 a.m. on April 28. Fellow trooper Robyn Birr was headed west on the highway, which runs through Fergus Falls, when he noticed a car traveling fast in the oncoming lane. Birr grabbed his radar gun and clocked the vehicle doing 94 mph in a 55 mph zone. Birr turned on his emergency lights and prepared to pull the vehicle over. But as he did, Birr noticed it was one of his own, cut his lights and continued heading westbound.

Not long after, Grabow contacted Birr, and Birr confirmed that Grabow – the state patrol's public information officer in northwestern Minnesota – was the Kyle Busch wannabe blazing nearly 40 mph faster than the posted speed limit.

Valley News Live reports that the Fergus Falls city attorney filed a misdemeanor speeding charge against the veteran trooper, who also faces an internal investigation and will relinquish his spokesman duties for the time being.

Minnesota State Patrol chief Col. Matt Langer issued a statement essentially calling Grabow's early morning speed trial a boneheaded move.

“As state troopers, we are not immune to the dangers of exceeding the speed limit,” Langer says. “Sgt. Jesse Grabow, a 17-year-veteran and valued member of our agency, erred in judgment and broke the law when he was observed speeding on duty without cause.”

Hopefully Grabow has learned his lesson. But either way, his charge is vindicating for any Minnesotan who has ever been ticketed by one of those mountie-hatted, highway enforcers.

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