Texas man arrested after driving reckless at 100 mph on I-75 in Whitfield County

According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office incident report, On April 19th, 2023 at 10:24 PM, Deputy Dennison was sitting stationary at 324 I-75 NB conducting speed enforcement when he observed a 2013 Ford Fusion speeding at 100 MPH. According to the report, “Deputy Dennison safely pulled out behind the vehicle but did not activate his emergency lights. The vehicle was traveling in the left-hand lane and there was a large commercial motor vehicle in the right-hand lane. The vehicle went from the left-hand lane to the right-hand lane and slowed down in front of the commercial motor vehicle. The vehicle was extremely close to the commercial motor vehicle and it slowed down so much that the commercial motor vehicle had to activate its brakes to keep from hitting the vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop on the right-hand shoulder at 324 I-75 NB. Deputy Dennison activated his emergency lights at this point and pulled up behind the vehicle. Before Deputy Dennison could get his vehicle stopped and parked, the driver and passenger both opened their doors and began exiting the vehicle. Due to officer safety concerns, Deputy Dennison exited his vehicle and placed the driver and passenger at gun point.” Deputy Halpin, Deputy Figg, and Deputy Long arrived on the scene to assist Deputy Dennison. The driver identified as Aldo Hernandez Penzol-Lavandera, 26, of Texas was detained. Penzol-Lavandera did not speak much English so Deputy Long began translating. Penzol-Lavandera stated that he was driving fast because the female passenger had to use the restroom. Penzol-Lavandera advised deputies that he did not believe he did anything wrong. Deputy Dennison requested the county list to collect the vehicle due to it not being insured. Penzol-Lavandera was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with reckless driving, no insurance, and speeding.

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