Lorretta Lacy of Sioux Falls, S.D., has a lead foot when she’s behind the wheel of her 1999 Chrysler LHS. Minnesota state troopers can attest to this fact, as they recently wrote wrote her four speeding tickets and other notable violations (possession of marijuana, no proof of insurance) in less than a three-hour span. The violations occurred as Lacy, 49, sped east along Interstate 90 from Sioux Falls to Racine, Wis., for her granddaughter’s middle-school dance.
Lorretta Lacy’s afternoon began at 112 mph
Shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, Lacy was stopped on Interstate 90 approximately 10 miles east of of Jackson, Minn. Witnesses had spotted her speeding and weaving through traffic. State Patrol clocked her driving at 112 mpg, then quickly stopped and ticketed her for speeding, no proof of insurance and possession of a “very, very small amount” or marijuana, according to Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske. The marijuana was confiscated.
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Lacy was let go, but within 20 miles near the Fairmont exit in Minnesota, she was pulled over by State Patrol again, this time for driving at 99 mph. She was cited for speeding and having no proof of insurance, but was still allowed to continue driving.
Minnesota and Wisconsin patrols watching for Lorretta Lacy
At this point, State Patrol troops from Minnesota and Wisconsin have the name Lorretta Lacy on their radar screen. Within an hour of the Fairmont stop and 10 miles east of Albert Lea, Minn., Lacy was pulled over by authorities once again for speeding, this time at 88 mph. And once more, Lacy was cited for not having proof of insurance.
Shortly before 5 p.m., Lorretta Lacy received her final speeding ticket of the day, for driving 88 in a 70 mph zone just south of Rochester, Minn.
Why wasn’t Lorretta Lacy taken off the road?
Curiously, even though speeding tickets the likes of which Lorretta Lacy received that afternoon are indicative of dangerous behavior, law enforcement claimed that it’s rare for someone to be arrested for such offenses in Minnesota. Apparently such violations don’t carry much of a penalty in Minnesota, either, as the speeding tickets and no proof of insurance led to only just over $500 in fines. Roeske noted that the first triple-digit speeding violation – which was more than 20 mph over the posted limit – may result in a higher priced ticket. If Lacy had been caught driving over 100 mph a second time, Roeske said Lacy could have been removed from the road.
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Lacy’s Wisconsin reputation
While the Wisconsin State Patrol was not involved in writing any of Lorretta Lacy’s speeding tickets, they are reportedly familiar with her from past experience. Between 2005 and 2007, court records indicate that the former Wisconsin resident was convicted of driving under the influence.
In spite of Lorretta Lacy’s breakneck speed en route to Racine, daughter Carrie Freeman noted that grandma failed to make it to the dance.
“She got pulled over four times, so, no,” Freeman said.