KHP arrests man going 176 m.p.h on I-35

Robert Bell was arrested after leading the KHP on a high speed chase down I-35.

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Kansas Highway Patrol Master Trooper Neil Stanley confirmed that at approximately 7:30 a.m. Sunday KHP and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a car chase on I-35 with a vehicle that was traveling at speeds of up to 176 m.p.h.

KHP had notified Osage County Sheriff’s Office and Coffey County Sheriff’s Office to assist in intercepting the vehicle and possibly utilizing spike strips. At approximately 7:50 a.m., the vehicle came to a stop near Williamsburg at mile marker 176 when it’s engine blew.

Bell was driving a Nissan GTR Skyline, used for racing purposes.

Robert D. Bell was arrested and charged with speeding, failure to signal, fleeing and alluding, impeding traffic, and reckless driving.

“If it is a GTR Skyline it would come with a 2.6 liter twin turbo motor. So that car really wouldn’t need to be modified except with a new computer system to make it go faster,” said Enrique Cortes, owner of 5th Gear Motorsports in Topeka.

A car like this Skyline is made in Japan, and according to car expert, Enrique Cortes, it is illegal to drive in the United States, unless the car is 25-years-old.

“This certain model wasn’t 25-years-old,” said Cortes. “There was a company Motor X that imported those cars over and made them legal in the US. Other people get them here legally and title them as different cars like Nissan 240SX.”

While it’s banned on American roads, it is legal to drive on closed courses for racing.

Robert Bell was arrested after leading the KHP on a high speed chase down I-35.
Robert Bell was arrested after leading the KHP on a high speed chase down I-35.

Bell was arrested on the following charges:

– SPEEDING 176MPH IN A 75 MPH ZONE (8-1558)
– EXPIRED TAG 01/15 (8-142 (1))

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, bail was set at $100,000.

According to to KHP, Wichita is hosting an Import Face- Off (IFO) racing event and some vehicles traveling to the event  from Kansas City have been seen impeding traffic on I-35.

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