A driver who was busted for partaking in an illegal street race taunted the police with a song from a popular TV show before he and two others were charged.
On December 2, officers attached to the Collier County Sheriff's Office were finishing up a call when they saw a red Ford Mustang and a silver Infiniti roll past them along a highway in Florida.
A front-seat passenger in the Mustang was heard saying “20 roll on three” as he leaned out the window, which police said the officers recognised as street slang for “start racing at 20mph”.
The sheriff’s department said the passenger was then heard counting out loud.
The deputies then got in their cars and began chasing the Mustang and the Infiniti.
“They watched the two vehicles come to a stop at the red light at the intersection with Pine Ridge Road,” the Collier County Sheriff’s office said in a statement.
“Once the light turned green both vehicles sped off at a high-rate of speed, with the Mustang spinning its tyres. Deputies clocked the vehicles on radar at speeds of 80 mph to 95 mp/h (129 to 153km/h).
“The speed limit on that stretch is 55 mph (89 km/h).”
When the deputies caught up to the drivers, they initiated a traffic stop.
The Infiniti driver has since been identified by the sheriff’s office as Oscar Manuel Llera Iturrald, 19, who exclaimed “What” when the deputies explained why they had been pulled over.
‘Bad Boys’ plays as cop runs licence
When the deputies walked back to their vehicle to run Iturralde’s driver’s licence, he began to play Inner Circle’s ‘Bad Boys’, which is the theme song for the TV show, COPs.
Police said the song was played “very loudly” and the song features lyrics such as:
“Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
“Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”
As a result, the police charged Iturralde and Jose Luis Ramirez-Sanchez, 20, who was driving the Mustang, for racing on a public highway.
The front-seat passenger Joel Aguilar Hernandez, 20, was also charged with riding as a passenger in a race competition, Collier County Sheriff's Office said.
COPs was one of the longest running live-action TV shows in the US, until it was cancelled in 2020, in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of the police.
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