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Police charge man for racing at 127 mph over Courtney Campbell Causeway

Arrests records show he turned his headlights off
Posted at 5:50 PM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-21 18:32:17-04

CLEARWATER, Fla.— Clearwater police arrested a man for racing at more than 120 miles per hour across the Courtney Campbell Causeway over the weekend.

The Courtney Campbell Causeway is scenic and bustling by day. By nighttime, you could call it peaceful. But not this past Sunday at 2:30 a.m. Clearwater Police were out on the Causeway doing a crackdown of move over law violators when they say William Guevara zoomed past them. 

Their radar read a max of 127 mph.

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"I can't believe anybody would be going that fast, I can't believe it," said driver Richie Corso.

Officers saw him braking and rapidly accelerating around other cars. Guevara also turned off his headlights and taillights in an attempt, police believe, to avoid detection.

"It's not worth it." said David Nugent, traffic homicide investigator with Clearwater Police. "So what? You get to say 'I'm faster than the other guy.' Whoopie! Let's grow up."

Nugent has seen similar cases with devastating consequences. Fortunately, in this case, no one was hurt. According to arrest reports, Guevara nearly rear-ended another car while racing.

"It could be me, it could be my kids," said Corso.

Illegal street racing is on the pulse of Bay-area drivers since May, after a driver struck and killed a mom and her toddler on Bayshore Boulevard, in Tampa, while racing.

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"When I hear about racing now, that's what comes to my mind," said driver Patrick Tran.

Guevara's misdemeanor could result in a fine of up to $1,000 and he could have his license revoked for a year.

"He deserves it, so he learns his lesson. I hope everybody else too," said Tran.