Chevy Camaro driver pulled over going 171 mph on Highway 61

Is this photo sort of blurry or are we just going really, really fast?

Is this photo sort of blurry or are we just going really, really fast?

God said to local man, "Go 171."

Man says, "Man, you must be puttin' me on."

God say "No." Man say, "What?"

God say, "You can do what you want, man, but, the next time you see me comin' you better run."

Well man says, "Where you want this speedin' done?" 

God says, "Out on Highway 61."

This dialogue, adapted from the Bob Dylan classic, is one way to explain why a Minnesotan was recently pulled over going more than twice the speed limit. Another possibility: The guy really likes his new Camaro and wanted to see how she runs.

Last Friday, an unidentified 36-year-old man from Lakeside was pulled over in his 455-horsepower 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS, heading from Duluth toward Two Harbors. In a hurry: He was clocked at speeds of 171, 168, and 143 miles an hour. All of those figures are a little above the legal limit. 

Shawn Padden, deputy chief with the Hermantown Police Department, tells the Duluth News Tribune that the black car was "a blur" when it first passed him.

"I've never seen anything like this," Padden said. "It's like a rocket on wheels at that point."

Padden got his own cruiser up to 135 miles an hour just to give chase, and says he's pleased the driver soon pulled over, "because we'd probably be in Canada right now" if he hadn't.

The driver claimed ignorance of how fast he'd been going. He was accompanied by a female passenger. (Of course.) 

He was issued what's called a "coupon" ticket, a step up from the typical misdemeanor speeding offense, and could face up to a $1,000 fine, 90 days in jail, or loss of his license.