The C8 Corvette Stingray boasts an estimated top speed of 194 mph, but it should go without saying that this claim should only be put to the test on a race track, or perhaps an unrestricted section of the Autobahn. Just ask 30-year-old Alejandro Zapata-Rebello of Connecticut, whose now facing a long list of charges after New Hampshire State troopers clocked him travelling at 161 mph in his 2021 Corvette Stingray.
According to local news outlet KIRO7, New Hampshire State Police had set up a speed trap in the northbound lanes of I-93 in Ashland, NH, when they clocked Zapata-Rebello travelling at 161 mph in his Corvette. Instead of pursuing the suspect, troopers issued a Be On The Lookout notice for the vehicle and eventually began receiving reports of a bright orange-colored sports car driving recklessly and travelling at a high rate of speed.
RECKLESS DRIVING ARREST
On Sunday, July 31, 2022, at approximately 11:15 AM, Trooper Shawn Slaney of #TroopF, was on patrol on I-93 NB in Ashland when an orange sports car drove past him at a high rate of speed. Trooper Slaney was able to clock the vehicle on radar at 161 MPH. pic.twitter.com/pyJHPHaQJn
— New Hampshire State Police (@NH_StatePolice) August 1, 2022
Troopers later positioned themselves at an exit ramp on I-93 to intercept the driver of the vehicle when the suspect became stuck in traffic. Officers apprehended Zapata-Rebello without further incident, charging him with three counts of reckless driving and one count of disobeying an officer. His Sebring Orange Tintcoat-painted C8 Corvette Stingray was also impounded. The driver was later released on a summons to appear in court in September.
Late last year, in another high-speed C8 Corvette incident, a 23-year-old woman was killed in a crash in Las Vegas last year after ex-Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III crashed his C8 Corvette Stingray into her vehicle while travelling at 156 mph. The crash involving Ruggs, who was believed to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, serves as a stark reminder as to why penalties for travelling well excess of the speed limit are severe.