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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, 8:42 p.m.
 

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland's attorney general ordered troopers to drive him around with lights and sirens on, and to speed and run red lights on the way to appointments, according to written reports by state police officials.

Documents obtained by The Washington Post showed Doug Gansler directed troopers to bypass traffic jams by driving on the shoulder. In one case, police said Gansler insisted on driving himself, running red lights with sirens blaring.

Gansler is now a Democratic candidate for governor. His campaign released a statement on Sunday after the police reports and memos were made public and said the accusations were part of a political attack.

“The picture being painted by these documents is not an accurate reflection of reality,” Gansler's statement said.

At one point, Gov. Martin O'Malley was briefed and authorized police to take whatever action they deemed necessary, including revoking Gansler's transportation services, the newspaper reported.

O'Malley has since endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Gansler's opponent in the Democratic primary for governor on June 24.

Gansler was elected attorney general in 2006. The tension between him and state troopers lasted for at least five years, according to a December 2011 memo by Lt. Charles Ardolini, the commander of the state police executive protection section.

“This extremely irresponsible behavior is non-stop and occurs on a daily basis,” Ardolini wrote in the memo.

Ardolini's memo said Gansler insisted on driving with lights and sirens to breakfast meetings and to his children's sporting events.

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