USPS Mail Van Races Ford Mustang on a Public Road, Cop Abruptly Stops the Fun

The mail van was clocked at 105 mph in a 60 mph zone 9 photos
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Drag races are fun, especially when they involve high-speed cars that have long been battling for supremacy in the racing world. However, this female driver proved zero loss of confidence when challenged by a Ford Mustang despite driving a USPS Mail van.
That's right, 28-year-old Drew Brown, a USPS Mail employee, was driving her work van on Route 20, west of Fremont, when she was clocked at 105 mph (approximately 170 kph) in a 60 mph zone.

The reason is simple: she was racing a Ford Mustang as part of what seemed to be a stoplight challenge that couldn't end well. And it didn't.

A deputy spotted the race and stopped it just when the van was close to winning it. Bodycam footage from the Sandusky County Deputy shows the officer saying that the van "blew by [the Mustang]" when it was paced at 105 mph.

The van driver was pulled over, and when asked if she raced the Mustang, she had a simple answer. "I didn't realize I was going that fast."

As things typically end in these cases, one driver spotted the police car and slowed down at the right time, while the other got pulled over and received a ticket. The officer is heard saying that the Mustang slowed down when the driver observed the deputy's car while the USPS Mail van continued the ad-hoc race.

The driver escaped with a $240 fine for speeding and a verbal warning for racing.

USPS didn't share specifics on the case but confirmed that the involved driver is a company employee. The case is still under investigation internally.

The van the USPS employee was driving is a Metris that joined the company's fleet in 2020. It's fitted with a Mercedes-Benz 2.0-liter turbo gas engine. The four-cylinder engine wasn't necessarily USPS's choice, but the only option, as Mercedes only offers a single engine configuration in North America.

The USPS decided to buy 30,000 right-hand-drive Metris in 2018 to replace its outdated fleet. The first units hit the streets in 2020 and are still in operation today, as seen in the bodycam footage shared by the Sandusky County. For some reason, Drew Brown's van has no plates, and the police officer says it's one of the reasons why the van was pulled over in the first place.

If you wonder how a mail van could go that fast, the 2.0-liter engine is quite a potent mill. It develops 208 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque, and although it shouldn't match the performance of a Ford Mustang, we know nothing about the pony. The driver escaped without even getting pulled over, as the cop was amazed by how fast the van was going.

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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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