3 arrested after racing on US-41 in North Naples
Three men were arrested after an illegal car race in Collier County, including a driver who played the “Cops” theme song for deputies.
Oscar Manuel Llera Iturralde, 19, of East Naples, and Jose Luis Ramirez-Sanchez, 20, of Golden Gate, are each charged with racing on a public highway.
Arlington Joel Aguilar Hernandez, 20, of North Naples, is charged with riding as a passenger in a race competition.
Around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, Collier County deputies followed a slow-rolling red Ford Mustang and a silver Infiniti north on US-41. According to CCSO, the Mustang’s front-seat passenger, later identified as Aguilar Hernandez, leaned out the window and yelled, “20 roll on three,” street slang for, “start racing at 20 mph.” Aguilar Hernandez then counted out, “One, two, three.”
Deputies trailed the Mustang and Infiniti, watching the two vehicles come to a stop at the intersection of US-41 and Pine Ridge Road. Once the light turned green, both vehicles sped away at what deputies clocked as speeds of between 80 and 95 mph. The speed limit on that stretch of US-41 is 55 mph.
Once pulled over and told why by a deputy, Llera Iturralde, the driver of the Infiniti, said “What.” He began to blast the “Cops” theme song as deputies walked away to run his driver’s license.
Deputies arrested Llera Iturralde and the driver of the Mustang, Ramirez-Sanchez, on the misdemeanor charge. Aguilar Hernandez also faces a misdemeanor charge for knowingly riding as a passenger and coordinating a race between the vehicles, according to the arrest reports.