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SHERMAN – A Pennsylvania resident is scheduled to appear in Sherman Court after Jamestown-based State Police clocked him going more than 100 mph on the Southern Tier Expressway.

Troopers charged Nathan T. Koman, 21, of Cranesville, Pa., with reckless driving and speeding. Koman was observed Sunday afternoon traveling 108 mph on Interstate 86 in the town of Sherman.

During their investigation, troopers found a baggie containing 32 grams of marijuana. Koman was processed at police barracks in Jamestown and was additionally charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

State Police did not list a court date in their report.

A Jamestown resident in February also was charged with driving more than 100 mph on I-86. Lawrence J. Walsh, 20, of Pine Ridge Road, was observed by troopers traveling 105 mph on Feb. 18 in Cattaraugus County.

Walsh failed a standardized field sobriety test and was charged with driving while intoxicated. His blood alcohol content was found to be .16 percent, twice the legal limit in New York state.

Police note the expressway, with speed limits generally around 65 mph, has become a hotspot for speeding.

“This type of driving is both dangerous and reckless,” said Charles Holder, Chautauqua County Undersheriff. “They ultimately put the lives of innocent drivers at risk by driving at these speeds.

“Our roads, the weather conditions and the wildlife which exist in our county are all reasons for reasonable speed limits. These types of speeds are not reasonable anywhere in our county, regardless if it is the interstate or secondary rural roads.”