A speeding ticket will end up costing a Davenport man more than $3,500.
Jason R. A. Gruber, 21, of Davenport, pleaded guilty in Henry County Court last month to driving 131 mph in a 65 mph zone. Mr. Gruber was ordered to pay $3,567, which included a fine of $2,500 and additional costs.
Such a speed is "pretty rare," said Henry County State's Attorney Terry Patton, and could lead to other problems, such as the inability to stop for a deer or another vehicle changing lanes.
"When you're going that fast, you simply don't have enough time to react to a potential danger," Mr. Patton said.
According to the Illinois State Police District 7, Mr. Gruber was stopped at 12:55 a.m. March 11 while driving a 2003 Mercedes west on Interstate 80 near the Geneseo exit. An Illinois State Police trooper stopped Mr. Gruber after the trooper's radar recorded the vehicle's speed at 131 mph. Mr. Gruber was arrested for driving 40 mph or more above the posted limit and taken to the Henry County Jail.
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