FINISH LINE: Vikings Peterson flashes his speed
The Vikings Adrian Peterson was surprised Saturday when he was pulled over for speeding on a suburban Minneapolis highway.
According to police video, Minnestoas speedy star running back told the officer he was going probably about 85 while driving his BMW on state Highway 62.
Not even close. Try 109 mph. Nearly twice the posted 55 mph speed limit on a usually busy stretch of road.
Seriously? ... I didnt think I was going that fast. Peterson told the offer who stopped him.
Hmmm? Ever bother checking the speedometer while you drive?
When asked about the incident on Thursday by The Associated Press, Peterson said he got a little speeding ticket. I need to be more aware of the speed I was going and not let it happen again.
Peterson could lose his drivers license over the ticket. In 2005, Minnesota lawmakers approved tougher sanctions for drivers caught at excessive speeds, and one provision requires revocation for at least six months for driving faster than 100 mph.
Mr. Peterson is going to be walking for a little while. Thats an automatic suspension for anything over 100 mph, state Sen. Steve Murphy said. Just because he can go 100 mph on the football field doesnt mean he needs to go 100 mph on our roads.
Peterson has become one of the sports most popular players, with a high national profile that includes an endorsement with Nike. He has no known prior off-the-field troubles, and hes active in the community with charity work. Peterson annually hosts a Special Olympics event at the teams practice facility, one of his favorite causes.
Minnesota (10-1) plays at Arizona (7-4) this Sunday night in a matchup of division leaders.
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