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Aug. 24, 2012MO | By: Grady
Troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol came to the rescue when a woman's accelerator got stuck while she was driving on a northwest Missouri interstate.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Lori Ubelstad, of Ames, Iowa, was driving north bound on I-35- north of Bethany yesterday afternoon when she noticed that she couldn't slow down in her Kia Sorrento. Ubelstad called her husband and 911, asking what she should do. The 911 operator was feeding her information trying to help her get the vehicle to stop. Troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol caught up with her on I-35 and stayed with her as she reached speeds up to 110 miles per hour. Her vehicle traveled through a work zone and went into the median. Troopers captured video of the incident on the patrol cameras as they straddled the car in front and back to protect the driver and other motorists. Finally, when they reached Iowa, Ubelstad was able to slow down enough for a trooper to climb in the car and put it in park. It's still unknown what caused the accelerator to stick. No charges or tickets were issued, and no injuries resulted from the high speed ordeal.