‘I was going a little bit above the posted speed limit’: UHP arrests driver doing 170 mph

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ST. GEORGE — A driver was arrested early Friday morning after he was stopped by a UHP trooper for going 170 miles per hour along Interstate 15 in Iron County.

The driver, Korbin Timothy Golder of West Jordan, was booked into Iron County Jail after being pulled over just past the Exit 81 on-ramp by Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Nielson.

The incident began when Nielson – who was sitting in his car in the median of Interstate 15 near mile post 91 – heard what he characterized as the “distinctive” sound of the engine running at a high rate of speed.

As soon as he looked up he saw “a flash of the vehicle,” he said. According to radar, the car was traveling 170 mph.

Korbin Timothy Golder, of West Jordan, Utah, booking photo from March 9, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

The trooper pulled onto the interstate and started searching for the speeding car. Traffic was getting heavier as he proceeded south and Nielson said he knew the vehicle would be forced to reduce its speed to adapt to the increase.

“If he hadn’t slowed down for traffic there is no way I would have caught him,” Nielson said, “and I’ve got some pretty good speed on my car, but I wouldn’t have had a prayer.”

Nielson, with his lights activated, was able to get through the traffic and pull off at the Exit 81 on-ramp, where he stopped and began looking back for the “intense white headlights that I saw when that car came by me at mile post 91,” Nielson said.

He then observed the intense headlights followed by the distinctive sound of the engine, and pulled back onto the interstate where he got behind the 2018 Porsche Cayman and activated his lights and sirens.

The driver pulled over right away. Nielson asked him if he knew why he had stopped him and Golder replied, “I have a pretty good idea, and I know I was going a little bit over the posted speed limit.”

Nielson advised the driver that he clocked him on radar at 170 mph, “and at that point I just put him in handcuffs and placed him in the back of my vehicle,” he said.

While waiting for the tow truck, Nielson spoke to the passenger of the vehicle – who was also the driver’s brother – and asked him about reaching that speed.

The passenger told Nielson that “he was sleeping through part of it, but woke up when he felt the car slow down and looked over at the dash to see the speedometer at 160 mph,” the trooper said.

The driver told the trooper that he bought the Porsche in December and only had 3,800 miles on the car.

Nielson added that the driver also told him that, “once he saw the trooper’s vehicle waiting at the on-ramp, he knew he was in big trouble.”

Golder was placed under arrest and booked into Iron County Jail on charges of reckless driving and exhibition of speed, both class B misdemeanors.

Nielson said the man was cited for reckless driving due to the wanton disregard for life and property, which he discussed with Golder.

“You realize that if someone would have changed lanes and didn’t see how fast you were coming up – it would have killed you and probably everyone in that other car right?”

Nielson said Golder was  cooperative and even told the trooper “when my radar detector went off I thought ‘crap, I’m done,'” but he had a clean record and was “a pretty good kid that made a very bad decision.”

The tow truck driver arrived to impound the vehicle and drove Golder’s brother to Cedar City on his way to the towing yard.

This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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16 Comments

  • comments March 9, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    A lot of money, but short on brains. I hope its a felony.

    • comments March 9, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      maybe it isn’t

    • comments March 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      actually a quick look at the specs tells me a cayman is a poor man’s 911. wonder if he had to use the downhill sections to get to those speeds…

      • mesaman March 9, 2018 at 8:34 pm

        Not quite that simple. Which 911? 991, 911 turbo, 911 Carrera, base 911 (1994), 3.6 or 3.8 engine. Used prices for non-exotics start below $20k and, for most recent 911 Carreras $100k plus. 2018 Cayman S, about $98k.

        • comments March 9, 2018 at 8:51 pm

          m&m, i’ll let this ball go to ur court. i aint even a fan of german cars, and have no idea how many models there are.

          a quick look at specs here http://www.motortrend.com/cars/porsche/718-cayman/2018/

          doesn’t sound like a 170mph car to me, unless going downhill

          • mesaman March 10, 2018 at 8:30 am

            But the assumption that there is only a base model Cayman is in error. The new 2018 Cayman, base model should be good for 170, if that’s what you are looking for, but there are models that reach far beyond that; all with sticker prices in six figures and top speeds in excess of 170. We don’t know which model the idiot was driving, only that it was a Cayman.

          • comments March 10, 2018 at 1:26 pm

            ur right m&m, the s-versions adds another 50hp and some torque. My biggest pet peeve of german cars is build quality. I will confess they are funner than hell to drive, but you better have a good mechanic. For a steal of a deal i wouldn’t pass one up……

          • comments March 10, 2018 at 1:31 pm

            random fact about old mr. Porsche himself, he actually designed tanks for hitler’s regime at one time…

          • Striker4 March 11, 2018 at 6:13 am

            and once again you go shooting off your mouth about something you know nothing about…as usual

  • UT1 March 9, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Hmmm, brainless fool. Well, the only other thing that would have made this incident end better would be if he had flipped and rolled the vehicle without surviving and injuring anyone else. Thanks UHP, job well done!

  • justsaying March 9, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Why couldn’t his brother just drive the car away? Why tow it?

  • UT1 March 9, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Because the vehicle is evidence, object used to commit a crime. They will tow it away and inventory and probably find drugs in it which will be another charge.

  • PlanetU March 9, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    No, no you idiot, you’re suppose to say “you blacked out.” Nice car tho……

    • Striker4 March 11, 2018 at 6:15 am

      I’m sure his lawyer will get it dropped to a medical condition !

  • indy-vfr March 9, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Not a whole lot worse than the two Corvettes I saw racing on Black Ridge Dr the other night that were well in excess of 100mph. The funny part was they flew past a SGPD officer who flipped on his lights but never turned around and pursued?????

  • voice of reason March 9, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    OK, I’m gonna be that guy.

    A lot of this story, especially from the UHP Officer, doesn’t make sense. A guy passes him, while stopped, going 170. He not only catches up to the guy, but passes him within 10 miles in his patrol car and gets far enough in front of him to stop and see his headlights from an overpass.
    So he obviously drove right past him when he was going through traffic, but didn’t notice and had to see the guy from an overpass.

    I’m not saying the dude wasn’t speeding, but I mean, come on. I’ve passed a cop doing 95 on I-15 and it took that dude 3 miles to catch up to me. The laws of physics apply equally to everyone. There’s a high school algebra test question in there somewhere.

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