Orange County student caught going nearly 100 mph claims he was late for school, deputies say

Teen stopped on Apopka Vineland Road near Olympia High School, investigators say

An Orange County student who was caught driving more than double the speed limit Thursday morning claimed he was late for school, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – An Orange County student who was caught driving more than double the speed limit Thursday morning claimed he was doing so because he was late for school, according to sheriff’s officials.

The student was stopped on Apopka Vineland Road near Olympia High School driving 96 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to a post on the Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

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Deputies said the boy will face a fine of $1,104 plus any court costs for driving more than 50 mph over the limit.

“With less than one year of driving experience, we hope this encounter changes his long-term driving behaviors and prevents any future recklessness,” the post stated. “This is a good reminder that nothing - even being on time for school - justifies these speeds and the danger it puts everyone in.”


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