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Driver jailed in Keith County for DWI, going 127 mph


PAXTON, Neb. – An Arizona man was arrested and jailed for driving while intoxicated after a Nebraska trooper stopped his vehicle for speeding 127 mph in a 75-mph zone on Interstate 80 in Keith County.

Just before 4 p.m. on Dec. 24, Troop D-North Platte received a report of a white BMW sedan traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on I-80 in Keith County. A trooper observed a vehicle matching the description east of Paxton on I-80.

The trooper clocked the vehicle at 127 mph in the 75-mph zone and initiated a traffic stop. Upon approaching the vehicle, the trooper smelled the odor of alcohol. He initiated a DWI investigation that resulted in the arrest of the driver, Brandon P. Vasquez, 43, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Vasquez was taken to the Keith County Jail in Ogallala, on charges of DWI and speeding.

“This was clearly a dangerous situation,” said Colonel David Sankey, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Thankfully we were able to get this driver stopped and off the road before he injured himself or someone else.”

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol will be working overtime hours through New Year’s Day as part of the national “You Drink & You Drive, You Lose,” campaign.


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