Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Police say teen driver hit 107 mph in a construction zone

By KVAL Web Staff

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- Police jailed a Springfield teen after she sped away from a state trooper through a construction zone at 107 mph -- and then told the trooper she was having trouble seeing while talking on her cell phone, according to Oregon State Police.

Kimberly Messer, 18, from Springfield, Ore., was arrested on charges of reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person and lodged in the Lane County Jail, according to OSP.

OSP Trooper Ryan Hockema tried to stop a red 1995 Ford Mustang he spotted going 87 mph near a construction site. According to the trooper, the vehicle then accelerated to speeds as high as 107 mph in the work zone while failing to maintain the travel lane, following other vehicles too closely and making unsafe lane changes.

The driver, Messer, allegedly told the trooper she had trouble seeing while talking on her cell phone before stopping for the officer, according to OSP.

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