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An Illinois man was arrested Sunday in Cedar Lake for driving 153 mph in a 60-mph zone.

At 5:30 p.m., a Griffith officer in full uniform in his squad car was on his way to work near 155th Avenue and U.S. Highway 41 when he observed a 2006 Pontiac GTO traveling at a high rate of speed in the opposite direction, police said.

He activated his radar and clocked the man — identified as Alexander Kemp, 22, of Midlothian, Illinois — going 93 mph over the speed limit. He pursued the driver, as the vehicle increased its distance from the officer. The vehicle eventually slowed down and pulled over.

The officer took Kemp into custody on a reckless driving charge. Asked why he was driving so fast, Kemp reportedly responded, "I just got it out of the shop." Three females — ages 20, 15 and 12, all from Cedar Lake — were passengers in the vehicle.

Kemp was taken to the Griffith Police Department, booked for reckless driving — a class A misdemeanor — and taken to Lake County Jail.

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