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Driver arrested for topping 160 mph on Indiana Toll Road

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The driver of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat was arrested Tuesday for driving 160 miles per hour on the Indiana Toll Road.

On March 20, 2018, around 7:00 p.m., Trooper Dustin Eggert was merging back into traffic after aiding a motorist near the 45 mile marker eastbound when an Orange Dodge Challenger Hellcat passed him at a high rate of speed, police said. Eggert reported he saw the Hellcat weaving in and out of traffic without using turn signals as it moved around slower vehicles.

Eggert sped up to 150 miles per hour to catch up to the Hellcat and radioed ahead for other troopers to watch for it. Eggert caught up to the vehicle after it got caught behind two semis that were driving next to each other.

Eggert made the traffic stop near the 56 mile marker, approximately seven miles east of the LaPorte exit. The driver of the Hellcat, identified as J. Jesus Duran Sandoval, age 38 of Lake Geneva, WI, was allegedly driving on an expired driverís license. Sandoval told Eggert he was driving a bit more than 160 miles per hour and just trying to get to Maryland.

Sandoval was arrested on a charge of reckless driving and taken to the LaPorte County Jail.

This is the second incident in the last two weeks of drivers exceeding 130 miles per hour on the Indiana Toll Road, police said. The Indiana State Police is dedicated to traffic enforcement on Indianaís roads and will take necessary action.


Posted 3/22/2018




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