The Southbridge Police Department has been reacting to numerous complaints from residents about cars traveling around town at high rates of speed.
They say “we will be taking an aggressive and proactive approach to motor vehicle enforcement during the summer months” in an effort to ensure the safety of other motorists and pedestrians.
On Monday, June 25th Officer Matthew Beinema was working in the Pleasant Street area just before 4PM when he observed a black BMW traveling northbound at over 100 mph (estimated to be more likely 110-115 mph). Southbridge Police say the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the operator quickly turned into a driveway behind a nearby home. After a quick search, the vehicle was located, with the engine still running, with 3 occupants still inside.
20 year old Tyler Leveille of Sturbridge admitted to driving over 100mph but claimed he did not know why. He was placed under arrest for speeding and reckless operation of a motor vehicle and was transported to police headquarters. One of the passengers was issued a civil citation for not wearing a seat belt.
Leveille was arraigned in Dudley District Court on Tuesday, June 26th.
Southbridge Police say to call them if you have any concerns about speeders in your neighborhood and they will look into it.
The posted speed limit on Pleasant Street is 40 miles per hour.