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Driver gets 3 speeding tickets in an hour, on his way to face drug charge

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(CBS/AP) PORTLAND, Ore. - Traffic officers along Interstate 84 in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge say a lead-footed driver racked up $2,000 worth of speeding tickets in an hour while hurrying to make a court date on a methamphetamine charge.

Speeding in more ways than one, apparently.

Police say 34-year-old Jose Romero-Valenzuela of Las Vegas, Nev., was racing west Wednesday morning and got pulled over three times in a row - first at 105 mph, then at 98 mph and finally at 92 mph.

Police say the last ticket appeared to slow him down. Further up the road, a trooper set up watch and clocked him at a mere 65 mph, the legal limit.

Besides fines and penalties, police say Romero-Valenzuela's license could be suspended for up to 90 days if he's found guilty on the citation that alleges driving in excess of 100 mph.

Police confirm he was indeed scheduled for a court appearance later Wednesday on a meth possession charge Oregon City, south of Portland.

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