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Minnesota speeder caught doing 171 mph on Highway 61

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS (file)

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS (file)  (Chevrolet)

This guy really had to run down Highway 61.

A policeman patrolling the Duluth-Two Harbors expressway in Minnesota on the evening of April 8th had to give chase when his radar gun registered a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS doing 171 mph on the divided four-lane road, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

“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," Hermantown Police Department Deputy Chief Shawn Padden told the newspaper.

It was the fastest speed the officer had ever seen, and he needed to accelerate his Dodge Charger Pursuit car up to 135 mph just to get close enough for the speed demon to see his lights.

As soon as he realized the law was on his tail, the unidentified 36-year-old driver slowed down and pulled over without incident. Padden issued him a citation for misdemeanor careless driving, which carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and license revocation.