ST. GEORGE – Mario Aguado of St. George was arrested Thursday by St. George City Police Bike Patrol on several misdemeanor offenses after he was caught speeding in a parking lot.
“While our bike patrol was riding around, they saw Mr. Aguado in a parking lot on 1100 East and 455 South,” St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said. “Mr. Aguado was driving very fast through that parking lot.”
It was due to this reckless behavior, Despain said, that the bike patrol officers made contact with Aguado.
“During that encounter, Mr. Aguado became very disorderly with the officers, and had a suspended drivers license,” Despain said. “When they tried to take him into custody Mr. Aguado interfered with the arrest.”
The entire incident stemmed from Aguado driving at a high rate of speed through that parking lot.
St. George City Ordinance makes it a crime to engage in speed contests, exhibition of speed, or speeding too fast for conditions; and it applies to any area open to the public – even public parking lots that are privately owned, by a business or the landlord of a business, for example.
Other cities such as Washington City, Hurricane City, and La Verkin City have no such ordinance in place, although state law may allow law enforcement action.
“If the driver’s actions fall under the state statute of reckless driving we can enforce that,” said Sgt. Brandon Buell of the Hurricane City Police Department.
Aguado was arrested and then transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility, where he was charged with interfering with an arrest, a class-B misdemeanor; driving on a suspended license, a class-C misdemeanor; disorderly conduct a class-C misdemeanor; and speeding in a parking lot.
Bail is set at $1,243 and has been released on bail bond.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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