Police Clock Teacher at Over 100 Mph
The Associated Press
Thursday, April 13, 2006; 5:49 PM
FARGO, N.D. -- A teacher on her way to school in South Dakota was caught speeding at more than 100 mph, thanks to a tip from a driver who said the woman had been routinely passing him at triple-digit speeds, authorities say.
Heather Jo Smith, 25, of Fargo, was clocked at 102 mph on Wednesday near the Horace exit on Interstate 29, Cass County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Argall said.
Smith was driving a car that is owned by the Northeast Educational Co-op in Hayti, S.D., Argall said.
Smith did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment Thursday that was left at her office. A message left at a Fargo listing for Heather Jo Smith was not immediately returned.
"We got a tip from a gentleman who said he had been passed by a small, dark car with South Dakota plates at least five times in the last month going more than 100," Argall said.
The man called authorities on Tuesday to report the driver. The next day, a deputy was posted along the highway near Horace, where the man said he had been passed by the speeding vehicle, each time at around 8 a.m.
"As luck would have it, there was a small, dark car with South Dakota plates heading south at more than 100," Argall said.
Smith was pulled over shortly before 8 a.m.
Tips about speeders rarely result in a ticket because the driver is long gone before a deputy can respond, Argall said. "This was a good one," he said.
Smith was issued a ticket for $135 and assessed 10 of the 12 points on her North Dakota driver's license, Argall said.
Smith's employer also was contacted. Smith works as a speech pathologist at the school, Argall said.
"We talked to her supervisor and he was appreciative," Argall said. "Hopefully, they will take interest in her driving because we sure did."
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