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Police: Driver clocked at 156 miles per hour near Whiteland

Police: Driver clocked at 156 miles per hour near Whiteland
Jeffrey D. Carpenter, 20. (Photo: Johnson County Sheriff's Department)

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) - A 20-year-old Indianapolis man was arrested Saturday after police say he was driving over 150 miles per hour on an interstate highway.

In a police report, a Johnson County sheriff's deputy said he was observing traffic Saturday afternoon on I-65 south of Whiteland when a red Dodge Charger went by in a northbound lane.

A speed timing device reported the car was going 156 miles per hour.

The deputy followed with emergency lights on but the car did not stop. The officer said the driver passed several cars on the left shoulder of the highway.

The car exited on Whiteland Road. When the officer caught up with it, it was was unoccupied, the engine running and parked near a Flying J Truck Stop.

A truck driver told the deputy the car's driver had nearly struck him. He gave the officer a description of the driver and said he ran toward The Flying J.

Moments later, police say the car's owner, Jeffrey D. Carpenter, was on the phone with police dispatchers, reporting that his car had been stolen from Edinburgh.

The officer said when he entered the truck stop, he saw a man matching the description of the person described by the truck driver. The man, who police say they later identified as Carpenter, was still speaking with dispatchers.

As the officer was taking the man into custody, Carpenter said his car had been stolen. He then said his car hadn’t been stolen, but that someone in a blue Mustang had been chasing him.

The investigating officer said Carpenter then admitted his car had not been stolen and that he was the driver during the police pursuit. The officer said Carpenter told him he thought if he "got off at the exit and laid low that (we) would all go away."

Police determined that Carpenter's driving privileges had previously been suspended with an indefinite reinstatement eligibility date.

Carpenter was booked on allegations of resisting law enforcement with a motor vehicle and driving while suspended. He received citations for speeding, unsafe lane movement, reckless driving, failure to signal lane changes, following too closely, improper passing, and failure to signal his exit turn. The report indicated an additional investigation for possible reckless driving and false reporting charges.