Deputy Edgar Pineiro was at the 7 mile marker of the highway at 11 p.m. when the maroon Mitsubishi sped by him at 87 miles an hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. The deputy then used his rear radar to continue monitoring the car’s speed as he called for deputies south of him to watch for it. He saw the car’s speed increase, eventually reaching 127 miles per hour.
Sgt. Geni Hernandez stopped the vehicle at the 5.5 mile marker on Stock Island. She asked the driver, 46 year old Robert Rioseco, to step out. She also noticed there were three small children in the car.
The officers noticed signs that Rioseco was impaired. He smelled of alcohol, and his behavior was extremely erratic. He was sometimes calm, and other times agitated at one point acting as if he were going to attack and strike Sgt. Hernandez.
Rioseco was arrested and taken to jail. Once at the jail, he appeared to have trouble walking. He loudly refused to participate in sobriety exercises, swearing at Deputy Piniero and corrections officers.
Rioseco was charged with reckless driving, three counts of driving under the influence with someone under the age of 18 in the car, refusing to submit to a DUI test and three counts cruelty toward a child.
The children were turned over to their mother.