Md. AG responds to report he drove recklessly

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Associated Press

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 13 at 5:05 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland's attorney general is responding to accounts from state police that he regularly ordered state troopers to drive him to appointments with lights and sirens on.

Documents obtained by The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/19uxLNb) show Gansler directed troopers to speed, run red lights and bypass traffic jams. In one case, police said Gansler insisted on driving himself, running red lights with sirens blaring.

Police Lt. Charles Ardolini wrote in 2011 that the problem existed for five years and "occurs on a daily basis."

Gansler is now a Democratic candidate for governor. His campaign said the accusations were part of a political attack.

Gansler said in a statement Sunday the documents did not paint an accurate portrayal of him. He said his "backseat driving" made a few of the troopers uncomfortable.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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