A speeding motorcyclist allegedly zoomed straight into a posse of CHP officers
who were looking for speeders.
Officers allege that 26-year-old Timothy Brown, Jr. was originally riding
a Suzuki motorcycle at an estimated
114 mph on the Redwood Highway near Petaluma, which is about 25 miles north of
San Francisco. When traffic slowed at the Novato Narrows, Mr. Brown allegedly
moved onto the unpaved center median to avoid the congestion.
Officers determined that Mr. Brown did not have a valid drivers' license,
and they took him into custody on suspicion of reckless driving, driving
while unlicensed and evading arrest. Mr. Brown tried to explain his erratic
driving by saying that he "panicked and didn't want a ticket."
Mr. Brown was not charged under
VC 22348, the California super speeder law. It contains very stiff penalties for
those caught driving over 100 mph. These penalties include:
An attorney regularly practicing in Mojave can use any factual or legal
defense you have to either get the
ticket thrown out or convince the prosecutor to reduce the fine and/or points.
Mr. Brown was charged with violating VC 23103, the reckless driving statute.
It's one of the broadest of its kind. It prohibits driving in "reckless
or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property."
Under this definition, essentially any Fresno traffic ticket could be charged
as reckless driving. If you were charged under the statute, an attorney
can be your advocate and try to convince the judge that you did not have
the requisite mental state.
Mark Bigger is committed to giving individuals a voice when dealing with
speeding and traffic tickets.