Charges: Minnesota State Trooper drove 94 mph in a 55

A Minnesota State Patrol PIO for the northwestern portion of the state was busted for speeding in April and he's now the subject of an internal investigation.

According to charges filed by the Fergus Falls city attorney, on April 28 at about 6:45 a.m., Sgt. Jesse Grabow was driving 94 miles per hour in a 55 zone on eastbound Highway 210 in Fergus Falls. Investigators said he was on-duty in a patrol car at the time. The other trooper traveling westbound saw his vehicle activated his emergency lights, then turned them off after seeing it was a State Patrol car. According to the complaint, Grabow wrote a message to the trooper after the pair had met in the roadway, but the complaint doesn't disclose what the message said. The other trooper noted Grabow's squad car was the closest to his location.

"As state troopers, we are not immune to the dangers of exceeding the speed limit. Sgt. Jesse Grabow, a 17-year veteran and valued member of our agency, erred in judgement and broke the law when he was observed speeding on duty without cause. We take this very seriously and have initiated an internal affairs investigation now that the city attorney has completed his review. During this time, Sgt. Grabow's public information duties will be handled by other troopers," Col. Matt Langer, Chief of the Minnesota State Patrol. said in a statement.

A speeding charge was filed June 26, including a $150 surcharge for speeding. The 38-year-old trooper is still active on the force but has been "temporarily reassigned," Lt. Tiffani Nielson confirmed. Other troopers will handle his PIO duties as the investigation ensues.
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