Minnesota Police Officer Clocks Camaro at 171 MPH


A note to Camaro drivers everywhere – make that all drivers everywhere – it’s not a good idea to clock 171 mph on the highway. The first point being its obviously not safe for anyone. The second one being you’ll most likely end up with a speeding ticket, which let’s be honest you deserve.

That very thing happened Friday night on a stretch of Highway 61 in Minnesota, also dubbed the Duluth-Two Harbors expressway. The Duluth News Tribune reports that’s where a police officer clocked a driver in a jet-black 2016 Camaro 1SS going 171 mph.

According to the paper, a Hermantown Police Department Deputy Chief was helping out with a Minnesota State Patrol DWI campaign Friday night when the radar in his Dodge Charger squad car went off.

“I had just come off (McQuade Road) heading toward Duluth, right by the Sinclair gas station,” Hermantown Police Department Deputy Chief Shawn Padden told the paper. “He was going north, or east, toward Two Harbors. … The first speed that came up was 171, then 168 and then 143. When he went by me it was a blur. You get used to seeing people going 65 or 70 and what that looks like. But I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s like a rocket on wheels at that point.”

Catching up to the driver wasn’t easy either.

“I hit the lights and siren and called it in to the State Patrol. … I had to get my car up to 135 just to get close enough for him to see my lights on,” Padden said.

The good news is the guy wasn’t on the run from the law and pulled over for the officer once he caught up to him. The 36-year-old man apparently had no idea he was going that fast. (Yeah, right.)

Padden wrote the the driver up for misdemeanor careless driving, which is a step above the usual petty misdemeanor traffic ticket. Under Minnesota law, a careless driving charge can bring up to a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail. For cases involving speeds of more than 100 mph, it can result in revocation of driver’s license under Minnesota law.

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