MD AG Gansler Accused of Ordering Troopers to Violate Traffic Laws


Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, a candidate for governor, regularly ordered state troopers assigned to drive him to turn on the lights and sirens on the way to routine appointments, directing them to speed, run red lights and bypass traffic jams by using the shoulder, say accounts by the Maryland State Police reported by the Washingtn Post. When troopers refused to activate the emergency equipment, Gansler, often flipped the switches himself, according to the accounts. On occasion, he became so impatient that he insisted on driving, directing the trooper to the passenger's seat. Gansler once ran four red lights with sirens blaring, a trooper wrote. Another account said he “brags” about driving the vehicle unaccompanied on weekends with the sirens on.

“This extremely irresponsible behavior is non-stop and occurs on a daily basis,” Lt. Charles Ardolini, commander of the state police executive protection section, wrote in a 2011 memo that said the problem had existed for five years. “Attorney General Gansler has consistently acted in a way that disregards public safety, our Troopers safety and even the law.” Gansler said, “The picture being painted by these documents is not an accurate reflection of reality. “I deeply respect the troopers and job they do protecting me and the public. A few of the 18 troopers who have provided me protection felt my backseat driving made them uncomfortable — for that I apologize.”

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