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ND trooper cites three motorcyclists for going 151 mph in a 55 mph zone

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. – Three motorcyclists were cited for reckless driving after being clocked at 151 mph in a 55 mph zone near here Wednesday, the Highway Patrol reported.

A state trooper pulled the men over about 8:30 p.m. on Highway 57, about three miles west of Fort Totten, Patrol spokesman Sgt. Robert Kennedy said.

“They’re keepers!” Kennedy said Thursday.

The three Devils Lake men, who were not identified, were issued speeding citations of $355 apiece. Additional citations for driving without a motorcycle endorsement and no liability insurance were also issued, Kennedy said.

Reckless driving is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and maximum fine of $1,500. The men have been told to appear in Benson County District Court on Aug. 11 on the charge, Kennedy said.

Kennedy said the names of the men will be released when the state’s attorney formally files charges in the case.

Kennedy said state troopers in the Devils Lake region have been dealing with high-speed motorcycle incidents since April.

“There’s been an ongoing issue this summer with motorcycles,” he said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.

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