Saturday, June 03, 2006

Idiot Alert

A Darwin Award-winner-in-waiting shows an epic amount of stupiditiy in this stunt on a stretch of Arizona freeway known for dangerous driving:

A Goodyear man was arrested by police after speed enforcement cameras on the Loop 101 freeway in Scottsdale caught him driving his vehicle at up to 147 mph.

Lawrence Pargo, 26, was taken into custody by police at his home May 26 on suspicion of four counts of excessive speeding, reckless driving and endangerment, said Scottsdale police Lt. Frank O'Halloran.

Pargo was photographed by the digital cameras -- which are able to estimate speeds using magnetic strips embedded in the roadway -- traveling at speeds ranging from 102 mph to 147 mph on four occasions in the early-morning hours of May 21.

The stretch of Loop 101 through Scottsdale has always been known for this kind of reckless speeding; for what reasons I've never fully comprehended. Apparently East Valley residents are in more of a hurry...

In our three plus years in the Valley, this stretch had a notable history of accidents as well, including an incident where a man suffered decapitation after his convertible lost control and drove into the wire-barrier in the median. Mr. Pargo's foolishness puts him in some fine company.

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