WOODHAVEN (WWJ) – A young man who drove a little too fast and furious on a Downriver freeway could possibly wind up in jail.
Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said the situation unfolded around 3 a.m. Tuesday as troopers were running traffic detail on northbound I-75 near West Road in Woodhaven.READ MORE: Michigan Man Pleads Guilty After Threatening To Kill 911 Dispatcher
“They clocked a vehicle preceding 79 in a 70 mile an hour zone,” Shaw told WWJ’s Laura Bonnell. “As the troopers turned around on the vehicle to effect a traffic stop, the vehicle was clocked on their moving radar at approximately a mile down the road from where they first initially saw him, at 153 miles an hour.”
Troopers followed the vehicle until it exited at Eureka Road and pulled behind a business.
“In the parking lot, troopers made contact with the driver, at which time he was arrested for reckless driving,” Shaw said.READ MORE: Ray Liotta, 'Goodfellas' And 'Field Of Dreams' Star, Dies At 67
The 21-year-old Lincoln Park man, who has no prior driving offenses, was processed at the state police metro post in Taylor and his 2005 Dodge Magnum was impounded. Authorities are now seeking charges from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.
“It’s six points on your driving record and it depends, but you could do 93 days in jail and a fine, depending on what the judge sentences,” said Shaw.
The man didn’t give an explanation for why he was driving so fast, but he was traveling more than 2.5 miles per minute. Shaw said there’s absolutely no reason for any driver to reach speeds of that magnitude.MORE NEWS: FEMA Assesses Damage From Gaylord Tornado
“The roads are not designed for 150 miles an hour and most of our drivers probably aren’t professionally trained to drive at that speed,” said Shaw. “Unfortunately, some of the cars that are out on the roads today can do that speed, but we don’t recommend 150 mile an hour anywhere in Michigan’s road system.”