A police officer who clocked a woman driving at more than twice the speed limit was shocked to discover she had two small children in her car, neither of whom was in a child’s car seat.

Cheryl Gilson was sentenced to six months in prison after being caught speeding at 123mph

Cheryl Gilson was sentenced to six months in prison after being caught speeding at 123mph

26 year-old Cheryl Gilson was going so fast that it took a state trooper 10 miles to get close enough to her vehicle to be able to stop it. Despite the fact that she had a three year-old and a five year-old with her, she told the office who stopped her April that she was in a hurry.

Gilson was driving her Hyundai Sonata on a highway in Portland, Oregon; the speed limit on that road is 60mph but Gilson was going at 123mph, more than twice the legal limit. Gilson pleaded guilty of charges of endangering the welfare of a child, driving to endanger and driving more than 35 mpmh over the speed limit; she was sentenced to six months in prison.

It is not Gilson’s first offence; in July she was charged with driving while drunk with a child in the car; that case has not yet come to trial. She also has past charges for speeding and diving under the influence of alcohol and has had her license suspended several times.