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Salem Man Busted for Going 130 on I-5

The driver told the deputy that he and a friend often race to Salem to go to work.

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Fue Thao
Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office

(SALEM) - Just after 11:30 PM last night, Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team Deputy Shane Burnham, who was working traffic enforcement, saw a 2004 Subaru merge onto I-5 southbound at Woodburn and accelerate to a high rate of speed.

The deputy paced the car at speeds of more than 130 miles per hour.

Once the deputy activated the emergency lights on his patrol car the driver pulled the car over.

The driver, 20-year-old Fue Thao, told Deputy Burnham he thought it was his friend behind him and he and his friend often race to Salem to go to work.

Thao was arrested and charged with Reckless Driving for driving 130 mph in a 65 mph zone and other minor traffic offenses.

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...sad subaru owner... April 22, 2007 12:34 pm (Pacific time)

so, why wasnt the driver pulled over at a much slower speed? the cop was following the driver up to that speed or?

wow... April 19, 2007 3:41 pm (Pacific time)

This guy is a disgrace to the Subaru and import enthusiast community. I hope they impound and sell his car and take away his license forever.

Smashed squad leader 3; April 18, 2007 7:46 pm (Pacific time)

uh...,yeeahh!,o.k. so he was only going twice the legal speed, I think it's the fault of the present administration!..,uh..,out over.

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