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"It might be the fastest speed ever recorded on the northwestern Indiana county's roads," said Porter County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Emmons," most people's cars won't go that fast." Not really the thing you necessarily want to be known for during your first year of licensed driving. We can't imagine what the perceived punishment was going to be, but it was obviously severe enough that Brandon Rapp, 16, was clocked doing 142 miles per hour in his Subaru Impreza (WRX?) in an effort not to be late getting home.

The teen now faces charges of speeding (87 over the limit!) and misdemeanor reckless driving, either of which could cost him his license.

Mr. Rapp was stopped at 12:40AM on a stretch US 30 and informed officers that he was speeding so his parents wouldn't be mad at him for being home late. The officer wrote the tickets and told the young driver to go straight home and call him within the hour. When she asked where he was, the 16-year-old's mother made the call to the officer and got the whole story. If he thought he was in trouble for being late and was willing to risk driving 142 miles per hour, we don't even want to think about what might have happened after that phone call.

Thanks to Kurt B for the tip!

{source: Indy Star]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Also, in Indiana, you're not allowed to drive without a license or insurance. That doesn't stop anyone else from being stupid. We're too busy here in Indiana dealing with the meth scourge that the state ignored for 10 years (among the usual other problems) to have to worry about little things like speeding and driving up everyone else's insurance rates!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The standard WRX is drag limited to 140ish so this is probably what he had. The STI has a top speed of 155ish.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Death happens to a 16 year old with a powerful car.
      Let's pray he won't die this year.
      It happens.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ah, to be sixteen and stupid again. I once took my parents minivan past 100 mph as the Atlanta rush hour was beginning, with a cute girl in the passenger seat of course.

      I salute those who survived their teenage years and still managed to pull off stunts like that. My advice to 142mph boy: when you get your license back (i.e. when you move out of the home, because you know your parents are never going to let you drive again), invest in a V1.
      • 8 Years Ago
      China: Rice bag fallen over....

      I often go like 120 mph and people are still overtaking me... Well up to 160 mph I think is controllable. So what's the problem here? Speed limit's outdated I guess, as cars have advanced a lot while speed limits haven't.
      • 8 Years Ago
      UrbanDavid...you are close. He was clocked at 330w US30 and stopped 2.5 miles east of there in Valparaiso. My Crown Vic doesn't accelerate as fast as the little WRX STI does! BTW, I hear the car has already been sold.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Exactly. Doesn't everyone go 140MPH on county roads?
      • 8 Years Ago
      WRX's theoretical top speed is 145mph, STi's is 155, Legacy GT is limited at 136

      My vote is the kid was in an STi
      • 8 Years Ago
      Being from Germany, I don't know what all the fuss is about... Speed doesn't kill, inattentiveness does. But I agree, 16 is a bit young for doing this kind of stuff, because teenage Testosterone can also be lethal...
      • 8 Years Ago
      His car is on Ebay right now. It was an STI, so he must have been braking when the Cop got him with the Radar....

      Hopefully his parents are doing something right by selling the car. I sure wounldn't supply my 16 year old kid with 300hp car. I wouldn't buy him anything until he is 21, unless he wants to drive a stock Neon.

      • 8 Years Ago
      US 30 in Porter County Indiana is a proper 4-lane divided highway, and a nice smooth one at that. Late at night it's fairly deserted as well.

      I will say that the Porter County Sheriff's Police have some very nice officers. When I was in college I was pulled over for doing double the speed limit on an actual county road in Porter County. The officer kindly informed me that writing me a ticket would make my insurance go up too much, so we just chatted for a bit and then went our separate ways.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've driven in that area before...

      "It might be the fastest speed ever recorded on the northwestern Indiana county's roads", he said.

      mmmm hmmm
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