Maine mother stopped for driving 127 mph with 2 kids in car

PORTLAND, Maine (WGME) -- Maine State Police have arrested a woman from Cornish for going 127 mph with two kids in the car on Sunday afternoon.

State troopers say they're never surprised when drivers on the Maine Turnpike go 85 or even 90 miles an hour. But troopers say in this case, the driver could have killed several people had she crashed.

Maine State Trooper Roger Teachout says he first clocked the driver going over 100 mph. "I received a speed of 107 miles per hour," he said.

Trooper Teachout was in Saco, when he took off after the driver of that speeding car heading north. He says in Scarborough, the car hit 117; and a few miles later, 127 miles an hour; nearly twice the turnpike speed limit.

"The vehicle started to weave in and out of traffic. It was following too close," Teachout said.

He thought any second, that car could crash. Finally, after ten miles, the driver saw the trooper's lights, got of at the Westbrook exit, and stopped. That's when Trooper Teachout says he saw two young children in the back seat. Neither one was in a child safety seat.

Teachout said "I was absolutely shocked." The children were 25-year-old Cheryl Gilson's 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. She was the driver. Three other adults were also in the car. Teachout said she got out of the car, and he arrested her.

"She was shocked that she was being arrested and that she was going to be taken to jail," the trooper said.