If you wanna race your Corvette, go to the track.
A 20-year-old Albuquerque, N.M., man learned that lesson the hard way recently when he was spotted by an Albuquerque Police Department officer racing down I-25 about twice the speed limit.
Now others can learn this lesson, too, without the likely very expensive and inconvenient consequences, by watching this video of the ensuing traffic stop as recorded by Officer Golson’s body cam.
“Evening!” the officer says as he approaches Brian Andrade-Lopez in his dark-colored C6 Corvette coupe. “The reason I’m stopping you is you’re doing in excess of 120mph (actually 123 mph) in a 65mph zone, and racing another vehicle on a public roadway.”
As you might expect, the young man tries his best to get out of a ticket – to no avail. Here’s their conversation:
“Brian, go ahead and step out of the car for me. Go ahead and place your hands behind your back. You’re being placed under arrest. You were doing well over 120 mph.”
“Well, the car right next to me passed me…”
“Well, you were both engaged in the same race.”
“Come on, man. Give me a chance. It’s my first time, man. Come on.”
“Put your feet in.”
At that point, his brother shows up to plead his case, too.
“Is there any way I can help him out, or anything like that?”
“No, he’s an adult,” the officer replies. “He’s got to deal with it on his own. He made the decisions. He took the action. Now, he’s got to face the consequences. It’s how it works.”
Andrade-Lopez faces charges of speeding, reckless driving, and racing on the highway. He was booked into jail but has since been released.
We hope, having learned his lesson not to race his Corvette off the track.
By the way, the fellow Corvette racer got away.
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