Teen 'Speed Racer' clocked at 101 MPH

RICHMOND-An agent with the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles stopped a 16-year-old driver with a junior operator license for excessive speed on Interstate 89 in Richmond.

On June 16, at 5:17 p.m., Capt. Jake Elovirta was monitoring vehicular traffic on Interstate 89 near Exit 11 in the town of Richmond when he observed a 2002 Saab 9-3 traveling well in excess of the posted 65 mph speed limit while passing cars in the passing lane.

Elovirta, using moving radar, was able to record a speed of 101 mph in the 65 mph interstate speed zone. Elovirta stopped the teen later on I-89 in Jonesville. The operator was identified as Kevin B. Nelson of Waterbury.

Nelson is a 16-year-old male with a Vermont junior operator's license. Nelson has been cited as an adult and scheduled to appear at Vermont District Court in Burlington on July 29 to answer to the misdemeanor charge of excessive speed.

The penalty for a first time offense of excessive speed can be imprisonment for not more than three months or fined not more than $300 or both.

In addition, the teen operator received civil traffic tickets for interstate speeding and for carrying two passengers who were not family members, in violation of his junior operator restrictions. The fines for the two tickets total $524.

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