Athens man arrested for speeding at 142 mph on Athens Perimeter, admits to going 155


George Lee Pittard III

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was arrested Thursday night after he was caught driving a car at 142 mph on the Athens Perimeter, according to an Athen-Clarke County police report.

He admitted that he had been driving even faster, the report noted.

An officer tried to stop a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro shortly after 8 p.m. because he clocked the vehicle, using a laser speed-detection device, traveling at 77 mph over the posted 65 mph speed zone on the perimeter between the Tallassee Road and Oglethorpe Avenue, according to the report.

The officer notified Central Communications that he was attempting to catch up to a reckless driver, who exited onto Atlanta Highway where a second officer conducted a traffic stop near Huntington Road.

The driver, 22-year-old George Lee Pittard III of Laurie Drive, “admitted he was traveling at 142 mph and stated that he reached a top speed of 155” on the perimeter, the officer wrote in the report.

The speedster was released to the county jail on speeding and reckless driving citations.

He was released a few hours later upon posting a total good security bond of $2,400, according to the jail’s website.

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