Naperville, Ill. – One can only wonder whether Zachary P. Ramirez has a slow hand to go with that apparently lead foot of his.
The 21-year-old motorist got pulled over recently by Naperville police, after a patrol officer clocked him driving 111 mph through a section of the Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve, where the speed limit is posted at 45 mph.
As traffic cops are wont to do, police asked Ramirez where he was going in such a hurry. Ramirez reputedly replied he was “trying to go have sex with a girl he liked.”
Police Sgt. Gregg Bell said Ramirez’s troubles began about 2:06 a.m. Saturday, when an officer was on patrol and on the lookout for speeders along a stretch of Plainfield-Naperville Road.
The officer noted a black, 1994 Honda Prelude driving north from 87th Street, Bell said via e-mail. The officer’s radar unit initially clocked the car traveling at 104 mph “and finally locked at 111 (mph),” he said.
Bell said the motorist, later identified as Ramirez, continued driving north after running a red light at the intersection of 75th Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road. Ramirez also allegedly ran a stop sign before a second officer curbed his car near Oswego and River roads in the Countryside neighborhood.
Ramirez, “when asked why he was traveling so fast, replied he was trying to go have sex with a girl he liked,” Bell said.
To add to his woes, police allegedly found 0.2 grams of marijuana during a search of his car.
Ramirez lives on the 1400 block of Fairway Drive, in the Country Lakes area of Naperville’s far northwest side. He faces trial on charges of speeding 40 mph or more over the statutory limit, possession of 2.5 grams or less of marijuana, reckless driving, disobeying a traffic control signal and disobeying a stop sign, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.
Court records indicated Ramirez’s only other brush with the law occurred in March 2010, when Naperville police ticketed him for speeding 15 to 20 mph over the limit. He was fined and placed on supervision a month later in that case, records showed.
Ramirez is free on $200 bond. His arraignment date is pending.