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BMW driver races from Maine to Mass. in under an hour

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  April 3, 2009 04:20 PM

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the_chase-609.jpgThis photo is the closest representation yet of the crazed Maine driver. (Lance Staedler/20th Century Fox)

The last BMW driver of recent fame to lead police on a triple-digit speed chase was a young and hormonal Charlie Sheen in the 1994 film "The Chase." Consider that record broken.

Christopher T. Goehringer, 26, of Maine, raced his 1990 BMW south from Kennebunk on Thursday at "well over 100 miles per hour," the Boston Globe and several local papers reported today. In less than one hour, Goehringer tore through three states - 60 miles worth - before smashing into a Massachusetts state police cruiser in Haverhill. No injuries were reported.

Sheen and the red 325i he stole from costar Kristy Swanson were both in their prime back then. What car-loving moviegoer could resist a convict speeding in a European coupe with a pretty blonde, essentially a Hollywood take on the classic Sega video game OutRun?

What model Goehringer was driving remains unknown - or any frightening accounts from witnesses passed at more than double the normal highway speed. While there was no mention of any passengers or in-car romance, one thing is for sure: he ended up a lot cleaner than Charlie.

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21 comments so far...
  1. The odd thing about this story is that you can get from Kennebunk Maine to Haverhill Mass in under 1 hour by driving the speed limit.

    It's 55 miles from the Kennebunk toll plaza to Route 97 (Broadway) in Haverhill. If he did that in 45 minutes as the police say, that's an average speed of 73 miles an hour. The Maine State Police said they had him on radar doing 134mph and was airborne through the York tolls and over 100mph into NH.

    If that's true, then in order to have an average speed of 73 he would have to have been driving 40 in parts of NH or Massachusetts.

    This story doesn't make much sense.

    Posted by Scott April 4, 09 12:22 AM
  1. Well, Scott, were would be the fun in reporting on it?

    Posted by Hugh April 5, 09 10:37 AM
  1. Scott, he didn't necessarily take a direct route so your math doesn't apply.

    Posted by Chris April 5, 09 12:45 PM
  1. Why is half of this crappy article about Charlie Sheen and the other half about "news"?

    Posted by Deano April 5, 09 01:03 PM
  1. dont hate the Ultimate Driving machine!!!!! enbrace it with love

    Posted by DJ Lee April 5, 09 07:35 PM
  1. Way too much math

    Posted by Nick April 5, 09 08:30 PM
  1. wait, so it is being reported that he drove 60 miles in something "less than one hour"? it would have to be more like 35 minutes for this story to make any sense

    Posted by Todd April 6, 09 10:40 AM
  1. First of all a 19yr old piece of crap BMW 325i can not do 137mph. If it could it would've had limiter on it for 125. That car only had 168hp back then unlike the bmw's now with 260 plus HP that can really do 130+mph. I would'nt give the BMW that much credit a 2008 Honda civic beat that car these days.

    Posted by carguy April 6, 09 10:58 AM
  1. You know, if the author of this article had done their research on this article, the mere facts would have made the article worthwhile. Never mind the elapsed time, it was the fact that a state cop car could not keep up with the BMW. And not amazingly, the drive was a straight line. Don't know why this is noteworthy. Having being officially timed, I could drive from downtown Portland, Maine to just in front of the Pru-sixty five minutes-timed with multiple timers.
    As for this article-you wonder why the paper is going down the tubes?

    Posted by John K April 6, 09 11:03 AM
  1. Scott, I thought the same thing!!!! Hahaha. My sister lives in Kennebunk.

    Posted by Craig April 6, 09 11:20 AM
  1. I have heard it said that the difference between a Porcupine and a bmw is that a Porcupine has the pointy things,you know what they're called, rhymes with
    "Rick's", on the outside and a bmw has them on the inside.How true!

    Robert Lewis

    Posted by Ed Muntz April 6, 09 12:30 PM
  1. I'll beat that on my skateboard. Anyway, if you fill up a newspaper with useless stories like this (and other stories you find in the Herald), someone(s) is getting paid for nothing and then the newspaper fails. Keep the news real - Boston NEEDS a credible newspaper.

    Posted by Floyd April 6, 09 11:30 PM
  1. CarGuy, a BMW 325i may have only made 168 Hp, but they only weight 2800 lbs! They can definately get up to those speeds, even easier with a simple ECU mod, and be safe at those speeds.

    Posted by Mark D. April 7, 09 10:41 AM
  1. My 1994 Geo Metro could do 95 mph, with 3 cylinders, 55 HP, and 4 doors. This whole "OMG How could he go... a mere 55 miles in an hour" and be caught doing ridiculous things is amazing to me.

    Posted by George Walters April 11, 09 07:27 PM
  1. There is absolutely nothing exciting or interesting about this article.

    Posted by Anonymous April 14, 09 08:12 AM
  1. There is at least one thing interesting about this. It is a grammatical puzzle:

    "What model Goehringer was driving remains unknown - or any frightening accounts from witnesses passed at more than double the normal highway speed."

    Posted by Anonymous April 15, 09 07:55 AM
  1. carguy- horse power has nothing to do with how fast it can travel. Horse power has to do with time it takes to reach that speed. I am an owner of a 1990 325i and it has plenty of horse power and can reach high speeds.

    Posted by thatguyeric April 15, 09 03:38 PM
  1. Mark D would know all about those chips. I am getting one as soon as i get some $$$. Can not afford the 91 octane though.

    Posted by thatguyeric April 15, 09 03:45 PM
  1. This is easily the worst piece of reporting I have ever read. It's incomplete and unintelligible, and repeatedly refes a lousy movie for almost no reason. Why does this guy have a job in this industry? Peter Principle?

    Posted by redhothotrod April 16, 09 08:20 PM
  1. I hate to break it to you all, but here in Europe 100mph is known as 'everday commuter traffic' Besides, your standard BMW or Mercedes will do it without making much fuss about. So, what is the big deal?

    Posted by Joost April 19, 09 04:22 PM
  1. Americans with your clumsy, zoom zoom autokars. your white sneakers and untight pants. time for Joost and me to smoke and dance. Auf Wiedersehen.

    Posted by Klaus Schnitzelhoff April 23, 09 09:49 PM

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