PROSPECT, Maine — A woman caught speeding nearly 50 mph faster than the speed limit early Friday morning on U.S. Route 1 in Prospect was intoxicated, according to police.
Lauren Smith, 20, of Troy had been traveling south toward Stockton Springs at about midnight, when a Waldo County Sheriff’s Office deputy running a radar check saw a car rapidly approaching him, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton. Even though the driver already had started to brake by the time his radar locked, she was caught traveling at 82 mph, according to Trafton.
The speed limit there is 35 mph, police said.
Just prior to being stopped in Prospect, Smith had been issued a citation by police in Hampden for following too closely to another vehicle, Trafton said.
A breathalyzer test she took on the road showed that her blood alcohol content was 0.12 percent, well over the legal limit of 0.08 percent for operating a vehicle, police said, adding that Smith was cooperative with officers. She told them she needed to get to Belfast.
“Those are some dangerous roads,” Trafton said. “I’m glad he got her before something bad happened.”
Smith was issued criminal citations for operating under the influence with one prior conviction and for exceeding the speed limit by 30 mph or more.