(No) License to drive: Oregon’s Harris caught doing 118 with suspended license

Graham Watson
June 13, 2011

Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris is known for playing fast and now he can add driving fast to his repertoire.

The All-American was caught driving 118 mph is a 65 mph zone on Interstate 5. To make matters worse, Harris was driving on a suspended license.

Harris might have gotten away had it not been for an off-duty state trooper seeing the Nissan Altima -- or a blur that resembled an Altima -- at 4:32 a.m. Sunday and clocked the vehicle at 118. The trooper chased the car down and cited Harris for exceeding the speed limit in excess of 100 mph and driving with a suspended license.

Two passengers inside the vehicle also were Oregon football players, according to a tweet by John Hunt of The Oregonian.

According to reports, the car was a rental.

No alcohol or drugs were reported; seems like Harris was just out for a joyride. Sammy Hagar would be proud.

The University and coach Chip Kelly have not yet released a statement, so it is unknown what, if any, punishment Harris will face.

According to the Register-Guard, the fine for driving a vehicle faster than 100 mph is $1,148.

Harris was named one of four consensus All-Americans in school history after having a stellar 2010 campaign. He set the school single-season record for punts returned for touchdowns with four and returned an interception for a score.