Fresno police early Monday arrested a driver who officers said reached speeds of more than 130 mph on a highway while being followed by a law enforcement plane.
Police near the area of Shields and Clovis avenues noticed two vehicles preparing to drag race shortly after midnight. When one of the racers saw the officers, he smiled at them and took off at more than 100 mph, police said.
Officers did not pursue the driver, identified as Samuel Pena of Easton, as he drove toward Highway 180 in a newer model Pontiac GTO and instead requested air assistance. A California Highway Patrol airplane followed the vehicle – which surpassed 130 mph on the highway – as it exited on North Avenue off Highway 41.
Police arrested Pena at his home on the 40 block of East Hopkins Avenue. Pena told officers he took off because he thought they were going to tow his car because of drag racing.
Pena is cited to appear in court for reckless driving and his car was impounded for 30 days.