Pt. Reyes Man Cited For Driving 125 MPH in Petaluma

Petaluma Police ticket a 19-year-old for speeding and driving without a license in an early-morning escapade.

Petaluma police cited a Point Reyes man early Friday morning for driving 125 mph on southbound U.S. Highway 101.

Officer Matt Capitelli was in the area of Pepper Road and the southbound U.S. Highway 101 on-ramp near the bottom of the Cotati Grade around 1:10 a.m. when he saw a white 2002 BMW 325 driving south in excess of 100 mph in the fast lane of the highway, police Sgt. Ken Savano said.

Radar confirmed the speed was 125 mph, Savano reported.

When Salvadore Barajas Miranda, 19, pulled off the highway at the Old Redwood Highway and stopped in a gas station, he told Capitelli he was not sure why he was driving so fast and admitted, "it was stupid," Savano said.

Miranda was driving on a permit and did not have a valid license to drive unless he had a licensed driver at least 25 years old in the vehicle, according to Savano.

The passenger in Miranda's vehicle, who was the son of the BMW's owner, did not have a driver's license and was already on probation for driving without a license, Savano said.

Miranda was cited for speeding in excess of 100 mph and driving without a license and was released, Savano said.

Miranda was not under the influence of alcohol and there was no other traffic on the freeway at the time.

The BMW was returned to the passenger's mother, Savano said.  

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Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr December 23, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I always want to hear from an expert with all of the facts. @GR, please, inform us. Do not keep us waiting and wanting. What is the truth, the whole truth. nothing but the truth? It would be refreshing to hear the truth for a change, I went 125 mph once, but that was on the Bondurant (now Sonoma) raceway. But I knew that I was travelling fast.
GR December 26, 2012 at 01:04 PM
@Jerome, I did not claim to have information as you and the other commentors did. I just know you are wrong if you think we live in a catch-release area. If you truly believe that I recommend you go commit your crime and see how quickly they release you. I've never heard the saying go the Wheels of Justice turn quickly, because they don't. This person will be dealing with this for years to come. And how do I know this? Personal Experience. Bash on me all you'd like Mr. Ghigliotti.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr December 26, 2012 at 03:24 PM
@GR, I have followed criminal cases in Marin for 3 years, particularly accused illegal aliens. District Attorney Berberian keeps illegal aliens in jail for a period of time and then reduces felony charges to misdemeanors, so that the accused does not qualify for deportation. The sentence for the misdemeanor is time served. I have been charged with watching the police and the District Attorney too closely and the sentence for that offense is life. Why was the jail log information on federal hold warrants of illegal aliens censored, removed? The federal warrant was based upon prior convictions and prior deportations, both public records. Why so many plea bargains? Isn't there anyone in the DA's office who can conduct a trial to a successful conviction. Watch my Jefferson quotations. " Where the people fear the government we have tyranny. Where the government fears the people we have liberty." I stood up and shed light on the lack of justice and for that they will persecute not prosecute. A Marin judge once said that the punishment is the process. Even the vindicated innocent must pay a price. If I do not know that of which I speak then YOU do the research and correct me.
GR December 26, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I recant what I said about you not knowing what you're talking about and apologize. I couldn't agree more with your Jefferson quote either... Best of luck in your endeavor.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr December 27, 2012 at 03:54 AM
@GR, apology accepted. Thank you for being informed and getting involved. All we need is 50,000 more Novatoans to get involved.


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