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Retired NASCAR Driver Leads Police on High Speed Chase

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James Neal was a NASCAR track racer in the 1980s, but he never won a national race.

But on Monday night in Orange County, Neal drove himself right into the spotlight, and the hot seat, when he led authorities on a 50-mile chase that went from San Clemente to La Jolla, according to LA Now.

Neal was behind the wheel of a 2003 Corvette, which at times he took to speeds as high as 140 miles per hour. The Orange County Sheriff's Department, while in pursuit, however, did not know they were dealing with a former pro driver. "The chase finally ended when Neal's engine blew up in the La Jolla area and deputies arrested him without incident."

Over 20 years ago, Neal raced at he Ascot Park track in Gardena, and returned to racing in 2008 after a 21-year absence.

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He won't be free to drive again for a little while: "Neal pleaded guilty on Tuesday to misdemeanor felony evasion while driving recklessly and has been sentenced to a month in jail and probation."