We don’t need an impeachment hearing to determine that killer and liar Jason Ravnsborg is worthless as a lawman. But what North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Joe Arenz told the House Select Committee this afternoon pretty strongly signals that deceased Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek wasn’t much of a lawman, either:
Sheriff Volek told investigators he walked around the crash site. He didn’t see the lit flashlight that Joe Boever was carrying when Jason Ravnsborg plowed his car into Boever at 65 miles per hour and killed Boever, a flashlight that remained lit as it lay off the shoulder of the road near Boever’s body. Or at least, Volek didn’t mention anything about that flashlight to Special Agent Arenz the first time they talked. Only later, when he had to put his apparently casual observations onto paper, did Volek mention that he saw a light in the ditch. But rather than go take a look, as a curious policeman should, Volek just assumed that steady light, a light that wouldn’t have changed as he walked toward it the way a reflection would have, was not worth his attention.
Nothing to see here, move along—that’s usually what the cops tell civilians when they want to clear the area and keep the public from seeing something. But the night Sheriff Volek found the Attorney General with a wrecked car on highway 14, Nothing to see here, move along appears to be what Sheriff Volek told himself so he would not see anything.
Governor Kristi Noem is complaining that some impeachment committee members seem to be spending more time questioning the actions of the investigators than focusing on Ravnsborg’s impeachable offenses. I would agree that some legislators seem to be losing sight of the glaring evidence that Jason Ravnsborg killed a man through his own negligence and lied to avoid consequences.
But one lawman who did not do his duty at the scene of Ravnsborg’s deadly crash was Sheriff Mike Volek.