Embattled South Dakota Attorney General Cited for Speeding en Route to Hit-and-Run Trial
South Dakota’s Republican Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was pulled over and ticketed for speeding just days before his scheduled trial for having struck and killed 55-year-old Joseph Boever – who was walking along the side of the road – while texting and driving in the middle of the night last September.
According to Dakota News Now, Ravnsborg was stopped by an as-yet-unnamed law enforcement officer in Hughes County on Sunday, August 22nd at 8:54 PM.
Ravnsborg was charged with one 2nd degree misdemeanor for ‘Speeding On Other Roadways’ while doing 57 mph in a 35 mph speed zone. Ravnsborg has yet to pay the $177.50 fine associated with the ticket, due by September 20th,” the local news outlet reported on Tuesday.
It was his seventh speeding ticket in seven years.
Ravnsborg, 45, was indicted in February on three misdemeanor traffic violations for causing Boever’s accidental death: using a mobile electronic device while driving, failing to stay in his lane, and careless driving.
Ravnsborg maintains that he thought that he had impacted an animal despite the victim’s glasses having wound up inside of his vehicle. Investigators determined that this resulted from Boever’s face smashing through Ravsnsborg’s windshield.
But on Thursday, August 26th, Ravnsborg pleaded guilty to the first two charges and agreed to pay the penalties associated with each. The careless driving charge was dropped. Ravnsborg also agreed to pay more than $3,000 to reimburse the city of Highmore for costs related to securing and cleaning up the crash site.
Lawmakers in both political parties including Republican Governor Kristi Noem have demanded that Ravnsborg resign. He has refused to do so. Impeachment, however, is still a possibility.