Officer Clocks Driver Going 153 MPH, 93 Miles An Hour Over The Speed Limit

Steve Miller
May 16, 2018 - 7:33 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Northwest Indiana police officer said he couldn't believe what he was seeing: a car going 93 miles an hour over the speed limit - and a Midlothian man was behind the wheel.

On his way to work, Griffith, Indiana Police Officer Mark Gerdzos saw a car, knew it was going fast, "so I decided to flip my front radar on to see how fast he was going.  And I didn't expect him to be going that fast.  I locked it in at 153.  That's a 60-mile-an-hour zone through there.

"My first thought was, I could not believe what I was seeing. Because I think the fastest I've ever had somebody going was like 120 before. And this, I couldn't believe it. And I hit the lock button as quick as I could so it locked in the speed on my radar unit."

Officer Gerdzos said he's been an officer for almost 19 years.

"The fastest I've ever had somebody was 120, which I thought would have been the fastest I would've had somebody.  And for somebody to do 153 - to me that was just outrageous and insane," he said.

Eventually the 2006 Pontiac GTO stopped. 

Inside: the driver's fiancee and her two sisters - the youngest just 12.  And the 22-year-old driver.

"I had him step out of the car, and I was like, 'Why were you going that fast?'  And he said he just got it out of the shop.  Apparently it had been in the shop and he was testing it or something.

"I'm not exactly sure what he meant by that."

Gerdzos said everybody in the car, and on the road then, last Sunday, was lucky, because he said at that speed, you hit a pothole - it's all over.

The driver was arrested and taken to the jail.