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Man who drove 4 mph, then 147 mph, arrested on Interstate 80 in Nebraska

Man who drove 4 mph, then 147 mph, arrested on Interstate 80 in Nebraska

Nebraska State Patrol troopers arrested a California man Saturday who is accused of driving under the influence of drugs while driving 4 mph and, later, 147 mph on Interstate 80.

About 12:40 a.m., a trooper spotted a Ford Mustang driving east on I-80 near Kearney at 4 mph. The trooper tried to pull the Mustang over, but the Mustang continued to drive slowly.

Suddenly, the Mustang accelerated to 70 mph and the trooper started to pursue the car, the patrol said.

The Mustang driver passed vehicles on the shoulder and drove recklessly, reaching speeds of up to 147 mph, officials said. About 16 miles later, the driver stopped, waited until troopers came up to the vehicle, then drove away, the patrol said.

Troopers used spike strips to stop the Mustang near Wood River, about 17 miles later.

The entire pursuit lasted about 22 minutes.

The 37-year-old driver, from California, was booked into the Hall County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, willful reckless driving and flight to avoid arrest.

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