Police Say Driver Gets Three Speeding Tickets In An Hour To Make Court Date

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Traffic officers along Interstate 84 in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge say a lead-footed driver was in such a hurry to make a court date on a meth possession charge that he racked up $2,000 worth of speeding tickets in an hour.

Police say 34-year-old Jose Romero-Valenzuela of Las Vegas, Nev., was zooming west Wednesday morning and got pulled over three times – first at 105 mph, then at 98 mph and finally at 92 mph.

Police say the last ticket appeared to have an effect. Down the road a bit, a trooper set up watch and clocked him at the limit, 65 mph.

Besides fines and penalties, police say his license could be suspended for up to 90 days if he’s found guilty on the citation alleging driving in excess of 100 mph.

Police confirm he was indeed scheduled for a court appearance later Wednesday in Oregon City, south of Portland.

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  • jrey762

    At least he was starting to slow down progressively anyway…

  • DMac

    I worked traffic court for a time. When the cop wrote the ticket, and the driver explained that he had to get to the courthouse, the cop should have offered to escort him there so he wouldn’t get another ticket. Why didn’t he? Was it because he was hispanic?

    • OregonSnowman

      I’m sorry, DMac, but that’s the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard. I live in the Gorge area, and I can assure you the law-enforcement people in this area are not in the habit of providing ‘escort service’ to people so they can make their court appearances on time – and it doesn’t matter if they are brown, black, yellow, white or green.

    • Al Schork

      Yeah, and maybe they should have paid the fine for him too.Then a nice lunch at Taco Bell. Then buy him a chiuahua puppy for his kids and a low rider for him.Late for a meth trial? Speeding. Go figure!!!

    • BcdErick

      $2,000 bucks. Ain’t America a great country?

    • bill

      Your not serious, right? How about the defendent should have left a little earlier to make the damn court appearance. And I can’t believe if you worked for the court that you would even suggest something like that.

      Cops are not a damn escort service. And I suppose the cop should set aside any duties he should be performing just to help a moron that can’t tell time, or doesn’t care about being on tme. Its not the cops job to get him there.

      And to drag race into it is completely ridiculous. You are apparently very narrow minded when it comes to the police.

      • Sandra Johnson

        Bill, don’t get too upset with DMac. He/she is just another stup-ass liberal. And I bet they have never seen the inside of a court house as an employee.

      • Jason

        “Cops are not a damn escort service.” I’ve been to a couple bachelor parties where they were.

      • Jake_AZ

        Cant you tell he is a progressive liberal mind? Of course he worked at a court house, and collected a check to do nothing or be terrible at something very lame/simple. Of course he worked for the government he is clearly a racist and views everything in COLOR.

        Of course the police are supposed to escort people, especially if they are of any race other than Caucasian, because they have nothing better to do. That’s the entitlement aspect.

        Its pretty clear if you ask me. This ones just got a lower IQ than most. ;]

    • Jay

      This happened on a freeway, a cop can’t travel long distances and outside of his jurisdiction to “escort” a person who chose to be running late in the first place.

      If this were in a city, on city streets, I can see the argument for your proposal, but you can’t expect a sheriff deputy or highway patrolman to take that much time out of his day to travel outside of his jurisdiction.

      And its not like he was going just a little over, he was 40 over the limit on the first ticket. Just based on that he didn’t deserve any favors from the cop.

      • bill

        I can see an escort if you pull over someone and mom is in labor, someone is shot or slashed open in an accident, or some other medical emergency. Beyojnd that, jeave earlier lol.

      • DENNIS


    • sm

      DMAC, Are you a moron? Come on. An escort to court? Are you kidding me?! That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Why should anyone much less a Meth Head get an escort to court? You must be in that 50% that pays no taxes and has NO REGARD for how tax revenues are spent. The Hispanic comment was stupid too…

      The police were idiots too for not hauling his sorry butt to jail after the first violation!

      • teaj

        Maybe he had a mouth like yours Jake. Don’t take someone with an IQ over 90 to know not to be an ass to the police.

      • Jake_AZ

        You’re right….lets say down the road at 102 he kills someone…They are now liable for leaving a public safety hazard out in public.

        Cops definitely don’t have an IQ over 90.

      • bill

        Actually I am still wondering about that myself. At 40 over its reckless driving, an offense which in some states leads to an arrest ( I dont know about theirs).

    • truther

      the 1 way to assure you get a ticket is to say your in a hurry, because the ticket/pulling you over put you further behind i know for a FACT that when someone says that, the cops will tell each other of that fact making it much more likely you/anyone driving a car w/your description will be watched.

    • algore

      Funny, my first thought was if the pos was legal. If he is trade him to mehico for the next employable one in line without kids. A nice meth user endangering everybody else. Poor victim of the white man.

    • bernie

      Usually they take your license away if you get two speeding tickets in one day !

    • malachi

      LOL how about no meth and his life would be fine!!!!!! you jest!!!!

    • Your Obvious Superior

      It is not the responsbility of the ticketing officer to escort the lawbreaker anywhere unless the lawbreaker’s infraction merits arrest and incarceration. Everyone is responsble for their own conduct.

  • Greg San Jose

    Ever since I got my Escort radar detector and downloaded Trapster on my iPhone, speeding tickets are no longer a revenue stream for police stag parties.

    • Jake_AZ


  • Eric

    He could’ve left earlier, and saved a lot on speed traps.

    But that would be too obvious.

  • Rick

    AP, the designated speed in Oregon is 55mph, not 65.

    • Traveled that road

      Hwy 84 is 65MPH in that area. Further East out of Idaho it is 70MPH.

  • Rick

    Re. my 2:10pm post, I was incorrect. If the driver was in an urban zone 55mph would be the limit; in a rural area 65 is correct.

  • HeyHey

    Oh they are targeting this man and making his life hell.

  • Asmartwhiteboy

    Latinos are more American than you!

    • truther

      unless your a native american, they are THE ONLY TRUE AMERICANS.

      • Nawritz Sumrean

        No they’re not. Their ancestors walked here from China.

  • Asmartlatinoboy

    Yea, no, they aren’t. Not according to google translate, they aren’t. Type the work American. Says its the United States….

  • truther

    are cops really this stupid? they can see the tickets previously issued… dude should get his driving privileges revoked for 5 or 10 years then give him a 1 strike any strike and your out policy.

    • JohnStarkReturns

      Revoke his driving privileges? And lose out on all that revenue from speeding tickets? Right. Cops aren’t there to promote public safety – they’re there to collect revenue to fund the illegitimate government.

  • bernie

    You had the right idea but it’s BELOW 90 , otherwise they get bored and want to do something useful with their lives !

    • Canof Sand

      Yeah, now call them all “pigs”. And how about parrotting that idiot meme, “95% of cops make the rest of them look bad.” The vast majority of policemen are good people and they’re doing a VITAL job. FAR more “useful” than whatever it is you’re doing, almost certainly. You’re a disgusting, hate-filled creature.

      • Mike

        I don.t suppose you could pass the mental and physical testing to become an officer.. Oh well, sucks to be you!


  • kevin

    How would they see the tickets previously issued? And what difference would that make anyway?

  • freecheese

    Dennis. Are you STILL on probation ?

  • bacon

    Dennis, that would be oink oink, moron

  • bill

    Dennis, is there some type of medication you should be taking and have skipped today? Get a grip dude. And if your not on one, I suggest you consider one.

    • DENNIS


  • 1608the poet

    Some of us won’t read posts all in UPPER CASE. This is considered shouting.

    • Jake_AZ

      thank you for saying what anyone with etiquette on the internet was thinking…

    • SailorV

      I’m one. I do not read posts written in upper case, period.

  • David from San Diego

    Three tickets and a suspended license is MUCH better than what would happen to a meth defendant who is seriously late for court. His bail would have been revoked. It was worth it.
    ADVICE FOR NEXT TIME: (a) Leave home a LOT earlier; (b) better yet, don’t do meth in the first place.

  • TJ in CA

    Well???? Did he make it to court?

  • QuitYellingPlease

    Do you also hate the caps lock key?

  • Chuck

    I wish we had cops like that in Boston. You know, the ones that work.

  • bob

    Speeding and parking tickets, that is the only reason for any police force’s existence. They’re nothing but a taxing arm of the government

  • Chuck B.

    I am an ex cop,and let me say if I caught a speeder this fast ,I would have arrested him on the spot for reckless endangerment and excessive speeding. He would have never left after the first ticket.

    • JohnStarkReturns

      See folks? Not all cops are bad. Some are retired… like this one.

  • Mr. Crawley's Wife

    You’re an idiot.

    • JR

      No… You are the idiot

  • BlownfuelCoupe

    Granted, Speedy Gonzales was a Looney Tune, but he never did Meth.

    Arriba, Arriba!

  • JohnStarkReturns

    If the tyrants would stop busting people for victimless drug crimes then he wouldn’t have been in such a hurry to rush to the kangaroo court, now would he?

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