On May 14, 2011, a trooper cited Chad E. Hankins, of Kiefer, for driving his 2011 Camaro SS 154 mph on the turnpike in Creek County, the fastest of any driver in the records reviewed by The Oklahoman. But no court record of his case exists in Creek County.
David Hankins said his son, now 22, was able to get the speeding ticket cleared from his record after he served several months of probation. He said his son and a friend had been tuning the sports car when they took it out for a test drive.
“I'm not trying to justify it,” David Hankins said. “He got a strong talking-to and a grounding.”
He said his son also sold the Camaro and now drives a four-cylinder pickup.
“He's out of the racing business,” Hankins said.
Between 1998 and the beginning of 2010, Brandon R. Foster, 32, of Inola, racked up at least 14 speeding tickets, including one in 2005 for driving 104 mph. But it was in 2010 that his driving seemed to take a turn for the worse.
That January, a trooper cited Foster for driving a Chevy two-door 140 mph on U.S. 412 in Rogers County. He was convicted of reckless driving and fined $100 plus court costs.
A month later, he was ticketed for failure to wear a seat belt. A month after that he again was cited for reckless driving in Rogers County, was convicted and fined $300 plus court costs.
In June 2010, he again was cited for speeding and fined $35 plus court costs. In November, he received another speeding ticket. That case was dismissed by the court.
Foster declined to comment.
Racing, trying to elude trooper at 150 mph
Trevell O. Winrow, 25, of Midwest City, already had been cited three times since June 2007 for speeding, including once for racing, when a trooper sought to pull him over on the Kilpatrick Turnpike near Pennsylvania Avenue in July 2010.
According to police, a chase ensued in which Winrow reached speeds of 150 mph in a 2005 Dodge four-door. It was the second fastest speed included in the state records reviewed by The Oklahoman.
In August 2010, he pleaded not guilty to criminal misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and attempting to elude police. Since then, Oklahoma County Special District Judge Russell D. Hall granted at least nine continuances requested by Winrow's lawyer.
Winrow last was scheduled to appear in court Nov. 21, but his case appears to have gotten lost in the system. There's no indication Winrow appeared, that anyone sought a continuance, that another hearing was scheduled or that a warrant was issued for his arrest. Notified in December of the discrepancy, a clerk in Hall's office said some cases “slip through the cracks.”
“This looks like one of them,” the clerk said.
Despite the December notification by The Oklahoman, Winrow's case still appeared in limbo last week with no new hearing scheduled. When notified a second time, the judge's staff moved forward with rescheduling the case, District Attorney David Prater said.
“You'll catch these occasionally, most times due to oversight,” Prater said. “At some point, we'll find them.”
Winrow could not be reached. Meanwhile his speeding travails continued. In October 2011, a trooper ticketed him for speeding on Interstate 35 in Logan County. He was convicted and fined $326 and court costs.
Man, 23, says he likes going fast on motorcycle
In June 2010, Eric W. Bridges, 23, of Miami, OK, was cited for riding a Honda motorcycle 130 mph on Interstate 44 in Ottawa County. He said a trooper wrote him a ticket for speeding, which the district attorney upgraded to reckless driving, a charge Bridges said he later got expunged after a year of unsupervised probation. In the meantime, he was cited again in July 2010, this time in Ottawa County, where a trooper again ticketed him for speeding on a motorcycle. He paid a $50 fine and court costs.