By Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - An attempt to stop a speeding car on Interstate 80 led to a high-speed chase over 60 miles (96.5 kilometers) that reached 155 mph (250 kph) , the Nebraska State Patrol said.

The incident happened Monday night, when a Seward County sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a speeding Camaro on the interstate near Seward, the patrol said in a news release. Troopers later spotted the speeding car at Waco, where it hit traffic cones in a construction site, and near Henderson. Troopers were unable to get the driver to stop.

The Camaro was later found abandoned, and the suspected driver was arrested at a Grand Island hotel, the patrol said. The 23-year-old Utah man was booked into the Hall County Jail on suspicion of numerous traffic charges and possession of drug money.

Law enforcement officials have lamented a growing problem with excessive speeding along the interstate since the coronavirus outbreak began earlier this year, including a chase in late May in which a car was clocked at 174 mph (280 kph) before it was stopped near Gibbon. The Nebraska State Patrol said more than 200 drivers have been arrested for speeds exceeding 100 mph (161 kph) in recent months.

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