Our story, originally reported by the Omaha World-Herald, begins around 1 a.m. on July 21 in North Platte, Nebraska, a small mid-state city, where Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over a 31-year-old woman in a 2018 Mustang for going 148 km/h (92 mph) in a 120-km/h (75 mph) zone on Interstate 80.
A deputy issued her a ticket and sent her on her way, which she took as a suggestion to hammer the throttle as she left the roadside stop and accelerate to 229 km/h (142 mph). That leads us to surmise she was driving a GT model with the 460-hp V8, as the 310-hp Ecoboost four-cylinder model is governed at just a little more than 200 km/h.
The same deputies who had been alerted to the driver’s original infraction may have had a few moments to enjoy the Mustang’s exhaust note before giving chase, but the woman refused to pull over.
Eventually, she steered into a rest stop a ways west of North Platte where the cops arrested her “on suspicion of willful reckless driving” and took her to jail. She may face more charges, too, after the police found what they suspected was marijuana in the car.
This is arguably not the most interesting speed-related news story of the last 12 months, however. Last fall, we told you about an Alberta man who was pulled over for going 1 km/h over the speed limit in a 100-km/h zone; about a year ago, police in Belgium busted a 79-year-old woman for a late-night, 238 km/h blast in her Porsche Boxster, an act she claimed was a cure for insomnia; and last June, a SOCAL man made headlines for hitting 88 mph in his non time-travel enabled Delorean.