It’s all fun and games until someone gets
crushed by a speeding Cadillac.
U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow had a close call with another vehicle late last year at the same Moody County intersection where he was involved in a fatal accident two weeks ago.
Jennifer Walters told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Janklow nearly collided with her after he ran a stop sign on Dec. 29.
Walters and her family were headed to a relative’s house for a holiday dinner when they heard the screech of tires behind them at the rural intersection. When she turned, she said she saw a white Cadillac trying to stop after running a stop sign.
“A split-second difference and the Cadillac would have hit us,” said Walters, 30, of Trent. “That’s how fast the car came through.”
Walters, who was riding in a pickup truck with her husband and two sons, said she called Moody County authorities to report the driver and describe the make and color of the car. Within the hour, she said, a dispatcher called her back to say an officer had stopped the car and identified its driver as Janklow, who was then South Dakota’s governor and had been elected to the U.S. House
Walters said the dispatcher who called her back that day never told her whether the Cadillac was speeding when the driver was stopped. But Walters said that when she asked the dispatcher why the driver ran the stop sign, the dispatcher “chuckled under her breath and said, ‘It was Gov. Janklow.'”
Over the years, Janklow has developed a reputation for speeding and joked about it in one State of the State address and made reference to it in another.
His driving record shows numerous citations from the early 1990s, when he was ticketed 12 times for speeding and paid more than $1,000 in fines. In several cases, he was stopped for driving 15 to 20 miles per hour faster than the posted speed limits and once was caught going 90 mph in a 65-mph zone.
This should ruin him as a politician but would not disqualify him from becoming First Lady.
(Yes. That was cold. Too bad…)