An employee of a car dealership was arrested on Sunday after police say he was seen driving a vehicle he was supposed to deliver to a customer in the Coachella at speeds over 110 mph on the 10 Freeway.
According to the CHP, an officer was monitoring traffic on the 10 Freeway near Haugen-Lehmann Way when he observed a vehicle pass his location at an extremely high speed. After estimating the vehicle’s speed to be well over 110 mph, the officer used his patrol vehicle’s radar to confirm the speed of 111 mph.
The officer attempted to catch up to the high-speed vehicle, during which time police say the driver made several unsafe lane changes in and out of traffic, tailgated others, and hit speeds of up to 113 mph, while several times coming dangerously close to causing collisions with other vehicles.
After catching the vehicle, the officer was able to safely make an enforcement stop. The officer learned that the driver worked for a prominent car dealership in the area and was delivering the vehicle to a customer in the city of Coachella. The driver also told the officer that he was not aware of his excessive speed, or reckless driving behavior.
The driver, who was not named, was arrested and booked locally on charges of reckless driving.