3 motorists arrested in Fellsmere last weekend.
The crack down on racing and reckless driving in Fellsmere continues as three motorists were arrested over the weekend for various offenses.
Miguel Gamez-Cortez and Gerardo Magallion Jr. were arrested 6/23/17 at 11:40 PM.
Both drivers were seen by officers racing from the traffic light at I-95 and CR512, west on CR 512. Magallion was driving 2005 Dodge pick-up truck, silver in color and Gamez-Cortez was driving a blue Ford F150.
As soon as the light turned green, both drivers accelerated their vehicles rapidly in an attempt to out speed and out distance each other prior to the lanes merging just west of the Interstate.
The FPD officer stopped Magallion in the silver Dodge. He told the officer that the race started because Gamez-Cortez parked next to him at the traffic light and “revved his engine”. He said he did not know Gamez-Cortez. Magallion was issued a citation for racing on a highway. This is a second-degree misdemeanor with a mandatory court appearance and released at the scene.
Gamez-Cortez was determined to be under the influence. He was arrested for DUI (with priors) in addition to racing on a highway and driving while license suspended (with knowledge).
Rafael Mendez Jr.
(Arrested 6/24/17 at approximately 12:50 am
Mendez was stopped by an officer at Massachusetts Avenue and Maple Street. He was “doing a donut” at an intersection. The officer saw a grey, 1992 pick-up truck quickly turning in a circle at the intersection with its tires spinning. At one point, it appeared to the officer that Mendez briefly lost control of the vehicle. When asked why he did that, he said he was “just being stupid”.
After a search of his vehicle they found Mendez to be in possession of marijuana and a marijuana pipe. He was arrested for reckless driving, possession of under 20 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia and transported to the Indian River County Jail without incident. His vehicle was towed.