Bike Patrol arrests man for speeding in parking lot

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.

Mario Aguado, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug 7, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Mario Aguado, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Aug 7, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

“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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  • TSM (fictitious name, edited) August 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I ordered his release. Brother Aguado is to be commended by his Bishop this Sunday in Sacrament meeting and again by his Elders Quorum President in Priesthood for his courage in fighting this tyrannical, liberal government and their heinous laws that, if passed, will make us actually do as we say we do. UGH! Can You believe it!?

    • StG Koolaid August 10, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Hahaha! You’re probably right. And he should be rewarded with women for his inconveniences.

  • My Evil Twin August 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Sheesh, another really brilliant individual. What a moron.

    • Soaponarope December 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Nobody says you have to sit there and read any of this… Sheesh what a moron

  • Chris August 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Is it really possible to “interfere” with your own arrest? He may have indeed been charged with interfering, but resisting sounds much more logical.

    • Festus August 8, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      It’s the same thing…

  • thehonesttruth August 8, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Only in Utah do u make it in the paper for speeding in a parking lot! Wow! I see why… being such a horrible offence and all! Find something a little more interesting to write about next time, will ya?

    • My Evil Twin August 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      I’m sure you would much rather read about the toddler getting hit by the guy speeding in the parking lot. Thank God it didn’t happen this time. You idiot.

      • Not really. August 10, 2014 at 7:47 am

        C’mon…The TheHonestTruth criticized the ARTICLE about the arrest, not the arrest itself. As for as an article about such minor offenses, it just shows that it is a slow news day, and most of the time that is a good thing.

      • Soaponarope December 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

        Your a bigger idiot wow its amazing that anyone doesn’t see things the way you do is an idiot.. so tell me what it’s like walking on water idiot

  • linda August 9, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    thank you bike patrol! that is great! i can’t believe the comments defending this guy. so glad no one was hurt by his decision to drive like an idiot. stay safe, officers.

  • Yep August 10, 2014 at 12:56 am

    “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.” – Sounds like T.S. has a bit of a bias there… Why even write or mention this at all. Not only that, but you can totally see a slant to the way he’s writing. ‘Bout as bad as the Fox news and MSNBC articles I read all the time.

  • StG Koolaid August 10, 2014 at 10:49 am

    This guy probably got more charges against him than the Washington County officer who was DUI and wrecked the cop vehicle with kids in the car.

    • randy August 10, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      right. and i’m sure he lost his job and his reputation along with everything as well. he’ll probably have to move now because of all the shame. good comparison, koolaid. at least the DUI cop owned up to his actions and took responsibility. again, genius comparison.

      • StG Koolaid August 11, 2014 at 7:49 am

        Not long ago you had another koolaid cop speeding down River Road at almost 100mph. Killed someone when he smashed into the car. People tried to blame them, not the reckless cop.

        • Soaponarope December 12, 2014 at 10:02 pm

          They did not yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle the officer was responding to a call….. Moron

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