State Trooper busts Kennewick street racer going 141 MPH on I-82

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Image credit: WSP Trooper Chris Thorson, Twitter

KENNEWICK, Wash. — State Troopers rushed into action when two cars racing at extremely high speeds zipped past their Tri-Cities-area office, endangering all other drivers in the area and breaking the law in the process.

According to a social media alert from WSP Trooper Chris Thorson, the two cars were driving by the Washington State Patrol office in Kennewick near the S.R. 395 Interchange on the morning of June 23, 2022. They logged the vehicles as going up to 141 MPH on I-82.

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WSP Trooper Brandt activated his lights and attempted to make a traffic stop. One of the cars sped away onto S.R. 395 into the Southridge area, but the Trooper caught up with another one of the vehicles that continued on I-82.

Authorities say the car was going so fast that it nearly crashed while trying to slow down for the traffic stop. Trooper Brandt brought the suspect under arrest for Reckless Driving because of the erratic nature and high speed of their joyride.

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No further details have been released about the driver’s identity or whether the second racer who escaped via S.R. 395 was contacted. Despite the danger presented in this case, no one was hurt.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are revealed.

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