From: Kevin Kelleher
On Wednesday, October 3, while driving on I-90 near St. Charles, a Houston County Sheriff’s Department vehicle blew by me like I was standing still. It was followed closely by a Winona Sheriff’s Department SUV with K-9 insignia on it’s rear. No lights or sirens, just speed. They proceeded on I-90 averaging 84 miles per hour (70 mph speed limit). Then on to Hwy. 52 into Rochester, averaging 80 mph (65 mph speed limit) and on through Rochester and points north, averaging 78 mph (60 mph speed limit).
It’s my understanding that law enforcement vehicles must obey the speed limits when not engaged in emergency actions. If you or I were to be pulled over and ticketed for speeds like this, the fine would be over a $100. Law Enforcement should be setting a good example for the public, rather than violating the law, because they know they can get away with it.
The Houston County Sheriff’s Department has demonstrated that they feel they are above the law (drag racing at the airport, illegally copying DVDs) so this is no surprise, however I’m saddened that that attitude appears to have spread to the Winona Department as well.