Authorities stop reckless driver going 96 mph on Highway 36; both occupants on parole and traveling to appear in court

Livingston County Sheriff Car

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office responded Thursday morning, June 10, to a report of a speeding vehicle on eastbound Highway 36 near the Livingston/Caldwell County line. The vehicle reportedly nearly caused a crash by passing on the right shoulder.

Sheriff Steve Cox says Sergeant Dustin Woelfle checked the vehicle going 96 miles per hour in a 65 zone on Highway 36 near Utica and stopped near the Grand River Bridge.  Both adult occupants were on probation and parole, with the driver being on paper for a firearm-related offense and the male passenger on parole for a methamphetamine violation. They were traveling from Kansas City to Linneus, as both were to appear in criminal court in Linn County. The driver reportedly was to appear earlier on the morning of June 10 for a forgery/stealing offense, and the passenger was to appear on a stealing allegation.

Cox reports the driver was cited for mandatory appearance in Livingston County court on the 96 miles per hour in a 65 zone and cited for not wearing a seat belt. Information was submitted to the probation and parole officers supervising both individuals. Cox says both were also given education on road safety and how dangerous it was to drive like that, especially for an extended period of time.

Some passing motorists communicated to an officer that they were glad the vehicle had been stopped. Cox checked the same vehicle near Wheeling a while later, and the driver was found to be compliant with the speed limit.