AUSTIN EDTION -- Man may be charged under new Ted Foss law
A driver who was stopped for going 5 miles an hour over the speed limit could be cited under the Ted Foss law for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle on the highway, according to Mower County Sheriff Barry Simonson.
In addition, the driver faces two charges of carrying handguns without permits and possessing drug paraphernalia, Simonson said.
At about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, the driver, a 47-year-old Illinois man, drove past a sheriff's deputy who was pulled over on Interstate 90 near Austin and had emergency flares burning, Simonson said. The man did not move into the other lane to make room for the officer and was then clocked going 70 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to the report.
When the driver was pulled over and a deputy asked the man for his driver's license, he pushed a map out of the way revealing a handgun on the seat of the car, Simonson said. The deputy then searched the car and found a second handgun and three marijuana pipes, the sheriff said.
The Ted Foss law is named for the state trooper killed in an accident on I-90 near Lewiston.