Cop Pulls Over Guy Going 171mph
'This better be somebody famous so I could get an autograph'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2016 12:03 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A driver managed to hit speeds so high that the police officer chasing him felt uncomfortable as he followed behind at 140mph. The unnamed 36-year-old suspect was clocked driving his 2016 Camaro Coupe as fast as 171mph on a Minnesota expressway Friday night, police say. Deputy Chief Shawn Padden was working a DWI checkpoint when his radar registered the Camaro. "When he went by me it was a blur," Padden tells the Duluth News Tribune. "I've never seen anything like this. It's like a rocket on wheels at that point." He adds: "That's the fastest I've ever seen."

"I was thinking that at least this better be somebody famous so I could get an autograph," Padden tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Padden eventually pulled over the driver, who slowed and was clocked at 148mph, and cited him with careless driving. There was a female passenger in the car, and the male driver didn't give any particular reason as to why he was allegedly going so fast (he also said that no, he didn't realize how fast he was going). If found guilty, the driver faces up to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and the possible seizure of his driver's license.