Police: Bangor man caught going 91 mph on highway while 45 mph lights flashing

Posted Jan. 19, 2012, at 8:53 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local man pulled onto Interstate 95 early Saturday morning and quickly got up to 91 mph before he slowed down to exit, which is when Maine State Police Trooper Chris Hashey said he was able to catch up with him.

Jesse Wood, 18, reached the criminal speed just after 1 a.m. even though it had been snowing and the red bad weather advisory signs were flashing a suggested speed limit of 45 mph, the trooper said on Thursday.

“It stopped snowing but the flashing 45 sign was still flashing and there was still ice,” Hashey said.

Wood, who pulled in front of the trooper when he got onto the highway, was charged with going 91 mph in a 55-mph zone, which is a criminal offense.

“I would have stopped him whether it was snowing or summer outside,” Hashey said. “Clearly, due to the conditions, it was much more dangerous.”

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