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CHP nabs motorist caught on video driving wildly on Highway 70

Dash cam captures erratic driver on Highway 70. Later, he gets caught

This dash cam video shot on May 16, 2017, shows a driver using the center turn lane on Highway 70 as a passing lane. This driver was speeding in excess of 90 mph, according to the commuter who shot the video. According to the California Highway Pa
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This dash cam video shot on May 16, 2017, shows a driver using the center turn lane on Highway 70 as a passing lane. This driver was speeding in excess of 90 mph, according to the commuter who shot the video. According to the California Highway Pa

A driver was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving after he allegedly passed motorists on Thursday in the left turn-only lane on Highway 70.

The driver, Leonel Almonte, 21, of Marysville was arrested on Highway 70 at Magnolia Road in Yuba County and booked into jail on suspicion of reckless driving.

“Fortunately, we were able to intercept this driver before he injured or killed somebody or himself,” said a news release from the Yuba-Sutter office of California Highway Patrol.

According to the California Highway Patrol, dispatchers received several reports this week of a white sedan speeding and illegally passing vehicles on northbound Highway 70 in the area of Woodruff Lane.

The car was reportedly using the left-turn lane and crossing over double yellow lines to pass vehicles. One man captured the actions of a motorist driving a white sedan exhibiting the same kind of reckless driver in the same vicinity on Tuesday.

California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Officer Jodie Beck said Friday that the motorist captured in the video is believed to be Almonte.

The reports provided officers with enough description to know where to be on the lookout on Thursday. The CHP Valley Division airplane crew tracked the car on Thursday and helped officers in patrol cars by noting exactly when the driver made the same kind of reckless maneuvers noted by witnesses earlier in the week.

“We receive numerous reports of bad drivers and it is not easy to locate them,” said the CHP in a Facebook post after Almonte’s arrest. “Today, we were able to locate this one and take him off the streets. Reckless driving is a crime, please drive safely.”

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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