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DPS Secretary Urges Committee To Consider Facts In Impeachment Investigation





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 9, 2022

CONTACT: Tony Mangan, Public Information Officer, 605-773-6196

 

 

 DPS Secretary Urges Committee To Consider Facts In Impeachment Investigation

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Craig Price, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, today encouraged a House of Representatives committee to consider the evidence and conduct of South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg while it continues to consider whether to impeach Ravnsborg for a Sept. 12, 2020 fatal crash where he struck and killed the late Joseph Boever.

 

Secretary Price urged the House to consider the indisputable conclusions by the crash reconstruction experts, including:

  • That Mr. Boever was killed because the Attorney General had been distracted;
  • That Mr. Boever was walking east on the north shoulder near the grass; and
  • That all four wheels of the Attorney General’s vehicle had crossed the rumble strips onto the road’s shoulder;

 

Secretary Price also urged the House to consider the Attorney General’s conduct, including:

  • That Ravnsborg verbally indicated that he had seen Mr. Boever at the time of the impact and again in the aftermath of the crash;
  • The untruthful statements by Ravnsborg to North Dakota BCI Special Agents;
  • Ravnsborg’s behavior and questions regarding what investigators may find on his cell phone; and
  • Ravnsborg and his advisors’ social media activity and text messages, before and after the crash, that may reflect viewpoints and character not in keeping with the high standards expected of the Attorney General;

 

“The investigation conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol (SDHP) and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) was objective, thorough and fair,” wrote Secretary Price. “Their conclusions are not in dispute.”

 

The Secretary’s letter and a supplemental report completed by Highway Patrol Trooper John Berndt given to Speaker Gosch can be found here. https://dps.sd.gov/.

 

 

Committee members are scheduled to meet again Thursday at the state Capitol.

 

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