South Dakota's AG — days before his trial — was picked up for his 7th speeding violation

Jason Ravnsborg, the embattled attorney general, has faced calls to resign from Gov. Kristi Noem in the wake of his pleading no contest to traffic violations uncovered by investigators digging into his deadly, roadside collision with a pedestrian last fall.

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg
We are part of The Trust Project.

PIERRE, S.D. — Just days prior to South Dakota's Attorney General's scheduled trial last week for traffic citations related to the killing of pedestrian Joe Boever, the AG was picked up by a law enforcement agent in Hughes County for speeding 20-plus miles over the posted speed limit.

The disclosed Unified Judicial System record documenting a new second-degree misdemeanor — first reported by DakotaNewsNow — was obtained by Forum News Service and states that on Sunday, Aug. 22, Jason Ravnsborg was charged with 1 count of " speeding on other roadways " for traveling 57 miles per hour in a 35-mph zone.

He was pulled over in Hughes County shortly before 9 p.m.

Four days later, on Thursday, Aug. 26, Ravnsborg's attorney reached a plea agreement with county prosecutors on two misdemeanor charges. Those charges were related to Ravnsborg's use of a cell phone while driving and crossing into the shoulder in the moments prior to his Ford Taurus striking and killing Boever, who walked along the roadside west of Highmore, S.D. last September.

The speeding violation was Ravnsborg's seventh in the last decade.


Also on Tuesday, Aug. 31, South Dakota Public Broadcasting reported that Judge John Brown , who oversaw Ravnsborg's proceedings, will not impose a community service requirement on the attorney general that could've seen the AG performing a safe driving event annually for half-a-decade.

In pleading no contest to the two misdemeanors, Ravnsborg will pay $4,000 in fines. The latest speeding charge carries a $177.50 fine, due by September 20.

What to read next
The pandemic curtailed resources for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Sioux Falls. Jessi Buer is fighting to revive the organization.
The Fargo-based company will make its first expansion into the Sioux Falls television market, which covers roughly half of South Dakota and parts of Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.
Katherine Escalante grew up as undocumented immigrant but now is a thriving college student.
The second of four planned public hearings on a controversial set of updates to the South Dakota social studies curriculum, held in the Sioux Falls Convention Center, saw three hours of commentary from supporters and opponents of the standards. The proposed curriculum features a larger volume of concepts than the current state curriculum and was developed with less educator involvement than in past processes.