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Cops let Mustang get away after chase hits 150 mph

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 4/3/2018 Randy Essex

Ford Mustang GT California Special © Provided by Business Insider   Another piece of evidence that classic Ford Mustangs are mighty fast came late last week near Glenwood Springs, Colo.

When a car hit 150 mph, Colorado State Patrol officers gave up chasing a driver in a vehicle that could be identified only as a dark-colored, older-model Mustang.

(We have it on good authority the car was not the 1968 Bullitt Mustang used in the Steve McQueen movie. That 1968 Mustang GT fastback is set to be displayed on the National Mall later this month.)

The driver in Friday's incident was going 140 mph on Interstate 70 about 10 miles west of Glenwood Springs, which is about 170 miles west of Denver, State Patrol spokesman Gary Cooper told the Denver Post.

When troopers turned on sirens and lights, the Mustang driver sped up. 

“They tried to catch up. They weren’t doing it,” Cooper said. “They couldn’t get close enough.” Troopers couldn’t read the car’s license plate.

That stretch of I-70 along the Colorado River is generally straight and much flatter than mountain passes and canyons east of Glenwood Springs toward Vail.

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For that reason, it’s a particularly dangerous stretch of road where drivers tend to speed up. Garfield County, where the Mustang sped away, records more fatal crashes on I-70 than any other spot west of Denver.

Troopers decided not to compound the danger by pursuing the car, Cooper said.

“It’s extremely reckless, especially with people who haven’t been trained to drive at those speeds,” Cooper said. “I’ve seen a deer total a car before.”

Follow Randy Essex on Twitter: @randyessex

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