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Driver Lives Up to Racing Stripes

(Westville, IN) - A Westville area man will have to appear before a judge for traveling more than twice the speed limit in a 45 mile per hour zone.


Joseph Smolen, II, 24, is charged with reckless driving.


According to La Porte County Police, he was clocked at 110 miles per hour Saturday afternoon on U.S. 6 near the Porter County line, which led an officer to conduct a U-turn to try and catch the driver of the 2011 blue Ford Mustang featuring white racing stripes.


The eastbound driver stopped for a traffic light at U.S. 421 and traveled northbound until pulling into Prairie Meadow Park in Westville. Smolen admitted later to driving at excessive speeds on the two lane stretch of highway but no explanation was given in the officer’s report of the incident.


Smolen was not arrested.  Instead, he was given a summons to appear in court on the reckless driving charge.


Police ordered the car hauled away by a tow truck because of the plates being expired.

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