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Old 13 May 2006, 02:40 am
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126 MPH Jaunt Leads to Jail: Man Gets 12 Days for Sprint on GW Parkwa

By Jerry Marko
Washington Post Staff Write
Friday, May 12, 2006; B0

A Georgetown University law student who was trying to impress hi
girlfriend admitted yesterday that he cranked up his new Infiniti t
126 mph on the George Washington Memorial Parkway -- among the highes
speeds ever clocked on the stretch of federal road

Drew Hoffman, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of reckless endangerment
a misdemeanor, in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, and for this h
will spend 12 days in jail and a year on probation. His attorney, Ji
Clark, said Hoffman "had a new car for the first time in his life, an
a great stretch of road at 4 a.m., with no one on it. . . . To say tha
he is remorseful is a gross understatement.

In a brief interview afterward, Hoffman, an Oklahoma native who live
in the District, said his early morning cruise was "a complete lack o
judgment. There is no other explanation.

Sgt. Scott Fear, a U.S. Park Police spokesman, said Hoffman was stoppe
at 3:55 a.m. on March 12 traveling south on the parkway at Turkey Ru
Park. He said Hoffman quickly pulled onto a ramp but wound up trappe
because the ramp led to CIA headquarters

"It appeared he was trying to lose the officer real quick," Fear said
"The officer just kind of smiled, knew he couldn't go anywhere an
pulled up and got him." Hoffman was arrested and taken to a Park Polic
station before being released. His girlfriend, who had been
passenger, drove the silver 2006 Infiniti G35 back to the polic

Prosecutors said in court that they could not recall anyone goin
faster than 126 mph on the parkway, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry R
Poretz told Hoffman: "In 15 years on the bench, having adjudicate
literally thousands and thousands of speeding cases, this is th
highest that I've ever had.

Law enforcement officials said later that two motorcycles were clocke
last year going 160 mph on the parkway but were never caught. A thir
motorcyclist going 110 was charged and sentenced to 15 days in jail

While speeds of more than 100 mph on the parkway are exceedingly rare
officials said they are detecting increasing speeds on highways acros
the Washington area. That echoes national trends, which have show
higher rates of speed since Congress repealed the national maximu
speed limit of 55 in 1995. Since then, 31 states have raised thei
speed limits to 70 mph or higher, according to the Arlington-base
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "I think it's more acceptabl
now to go fast because speed limits are up, we don't see them bein
enforced as aggressively on highways and we see cars being advertise
as having 400 horsepower," said Adrian Lund, the institute's president
"This is sending a message to people who are interested in speedin
that maybe it's okay.

Law enforcement officials, hoping to send a message to the public t
slow down, were quick to condemn Hoffman for exceeding the 50 mph spee
limit by more than 75 mph. "His actions were dumb and dangerous," sai
Chuck Rosenberg, the U.S. attorney in Alexandria. "People die on ou
roads all the time. We certainly don't need folks hitting 126 mph jus
to see what their cars can do.

Fear said Hoffman's speed was particularly excessive on the parkway
which winds along the Potomac River with speed limits that range fro
25 to 50 mph. "It's a scenic parkway. It wasn't designed to be
superhighway," he said

Hoffman, wearing a gray business suit with a blue tie, stood befor
Poretz with his head bowed yesterday and said: "I know I made
mistake. I hope you can see based on my past record that it won'
happen again.

The judge fined him $1,200 and said he could not drive a car for th
first 60 days of his probation and only on a restricted basis afte
that. The 12 days in jail could be served on weekends

"This was an absolute lack of judgment," Poretz said. "You could hav
killed yourself. You could have killed the other person in the car. Yo
could have killed someone else."

Hoffman wound up in federal court because the 23.5 mile stretch of
parkway from Mount Vernon to McLean -- except the part in the city of
Alexandria -- is federal land. Fear said Park Police wrote more than
7,000 citations on the parkway last year and that the numbers are
rising this year.

The conviction should not affect Hoffman's eligibility to be a lawyer.
Asked if he learned anything that would help his legal career, Hoffman
said it would enable him to sympathize with clients "who demonstrate
that this is out of character."
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Old 13 May 2006, 06:26 am
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Default Re: 126 MPH Jaunt Leads to Jail: Man Gets 12 Days for Sprint on GWParkway

On 5/13/2006 2:40 AM johnin spake these words of knowledge:

> 126 MPH Jaunt Leads to Jail: Man Gets 12 Days for Sprint on GW Parkway
> ...

Dude, just yesterday we saw a story that was similar in several
respects. It was about a guy named Drew Hoffman, who had a new car
and... wait a minute. You know, I think this just possibly was the ...
gasp ... the very *same* story! Can you believe it?

So... what was the point of posting it again?

Dave Kelsen
"Do nothing secretly; for Time sees and hears all things, and discloses
all." -- Sophocles
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