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Date with Judge for No Passing Zone Violation

(LAPORTE COUNTY, IN) - A driver passing a vehicle from behind at a high rate of speed has a court date.


According to La Porte County Police, 25-year-old Gage Lantz was clocked at 77 miles per hour on State Road 39 near U.S. 20 when he abruptly passed a vehicle from behind in a no-passing zone. A patrol officer performed a U-Turn and then a traffic stop.


Police said the driver told the officer he was in a hurry to get to work and wanted time to buy a cup of coffee at a nearby convenience store.


The officer gave him a good lecture on the dangers of his aggressive driving and cited Lantz for reckless driving. He’s scheduled to appear in court on the Class C misdemeanor offense on June 3.


La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd said aggressive and impaired driving is what extra patrol officers are targeting to keep the roads safe for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend when travel is traditionally heavy.

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