My cousin Nadine spotted these speed limit signs in Fishers, IN. This does not appear to be regulation…
photo courtesy: Nadine Jordan
My first thought is that this really looks like a trick situation, and totally not fair. Then my defense attorney instincts kicked in, and I thought, this is not enforceable! She said it had been up for a good week at last report, in the meantime, drive with caution!
- Noe Dejesus was arrested for DUI in Collier County after being clocked at 109 coming across Alligator Alley
- Dejesus was butt naked when cops pulled him out of the car
Law enforcement received several calls of a car driving recklessly, and soon thereafter, troopers spotted Mr. Dejesus’ Cadillac going about 110 on I-75 Alligator Alley. Troopers pulled him over, and observed alcoholic beverage containers in the car. When they asked him to step out, they found out that he was completely naked.
Also inside the car were three women, several beer bottles, and a nearly empty bottle of Crown Royal Whiskey. They asked Dejesus to complete field sobriety exercises, but he declined to do so, and was arrested for DUI and driving without a license, both misdemeanors. Judging by his mug shot… he might have decided it was worth it.
It is unknown where he was coming from, but he was heading in the direction of his home in Lehigh Acres, and from the direction if he had been in Miami. No information was given about his lady friends.
Posted in Criminal Law, DUI, Florida, Miami / South Florida, Naples / Collier / Southwest Florida, Uncategorized
Tagged alligator alley, collier, crown royal, dui, lehigh acres, miami, mug shot, speeding
WINK News found that the Lee County Sheriff’s Office purchased one or more batches of Python II radar detectors starting in 2004. The problem is, the Python II is not approved for use in the State of Florida. The beam projected by the radar Python II is 15 degrees, 25% wider than the 12 degree beam permissible by Florida regulations. Since it is not on the approved list, it should not be admissible in court. Sadly, who knows how many of the 50,000 speeding tickets issued by LCSO were not properly issued.
LA Dodger star Yasiel Puig was arrested in Collier county a few weeks ago, and media outlets have obtained the dash cam video from his stop and arrest. As we pointed out on Crimcourts before seeing the video, unless there was something else reckless about the driving pattern, it is not sufficient to legally establish reckless driving. It’s been settled under Florida law since 1953 that speed is not enough, but that doesn’t stop an uninformed trooper from throwing a guy in jail. Florida specifically has a statute for especially high speeds, enhancements at 30 over and 50 over, but these are civil infractions. Ironically, the fine is HIGHER for those excessive speeds than for reckless driving, but they are not criminal offenses.
Ironically, the trooper is probably feeling proud of himself, as Puig’s companions cry for him in the car. You really feel for them when you know that the trooper is breaking the law. #badcops
For those who are interested in the law, see Miller v. State, 636 So.2d 144 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994)
Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0287_valJU#t=261
NBC-2 did a story on the Florida Highway Patrol’s use of airborne surveillance to catch speeders on I-75. The trooper is correct when he states that it is very hard to challenge such speeding tickets. There is no equipment to calibrate, since it is done via stopwatch. The key thing to remember from this post is to drive cautiously. Much of I-75 is under construction, and that can lead to enhanced fines if workers are present. And as you can see from the NBC screen capture, the troopers are just lining up, waiting to bust people.
FHP Troopers from NBC-2 Story