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Woman arrested after getting three speeding tickets within an hour on I-81 in Pulaski County

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Published: Jul. 6, 2016 at 11:59 AM EDT
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A Los Angeles woman is in jail after getting three speeding tickets within an hour on Interstate 81 in Pulaski County on Sunday.

Kai Kitchen, 21, is scheduled for a bond hearing at 9:45 a.m. Thursday in Pulaski County Court. She’s been held at the New River Valley Regional Jail since being arrested Sunday.

According to state police, at 7 a.m. Sunday, Kitchen was clocked driving at 93 mph by a trooper at mile marker 103 on I-81 South in Pulaski County. She was given a ticket for reckless driving and released. The speed limit on I-81 in Pulaski County is 70 mph.

Approximately 40 minutes later, the same trooper at the same location clocked Kitchen driving 97 mph. Kitchen was given a second ticket for reckless driving and released.

At around 8 a.m., a different trooper clocked Kitchen driving 94 mph on I-81 South at mile marker 89. When the trooper was made aware that Kitchen had just received two other reckless driving tickets within the past hour, she was arrested and taken to the New River Valley Regional Jail where a magistrate issued an arrest warrant for misdemeanor reckless driving.

According to court records, Kitchen is being represented by Jimmy Turk.

Her friends say she is a recent graduate of Hampton University.

Virginia State Police Sergeant Mike Honaker said all interactions with troopers and Kitchen were cordial. Honaker said Kitchen did not deny speeding.

According to Honaker, the first time Kitchen was pulled over she said she needed to stop for gas. After she was ticketed, the trooper told her where to go for gas.

The second time Kitchen was pulled over she told the same trooper that her GPS misled her and she was speeding because she couldn't see her speedometer. A second trooper arrived and Kitchen told her that she was going through some stuff, Honaker said. The trooper gave her his business card and offered to help her while she was still in Virginia.

The third time Kitchen was stopped she told another trooper that she was going through a lot of personal issues. Kitchen said she wasn't supposed to be driving back to Los Angeles, and that she had hired a mover to ship her car but was scammed.

Honaker said the state statute allows for an arrest after a second stop for driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit. The trooper decided to arrest her because of the time between the traffic stops.