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Phoenix Speeder Caught Going 131 mph

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers clocked a speeder going 131 mph on State Route 51 on Sunday afternoon.

According to DPS, when a motorcycle officer attempted to pull over the 2014 Ford Mustang, the driver, 22-year-old Alejandro Barraza, veered right over several lanes and crashed into another car.

DPS actually announced before the weekend that it would be patrolling the 51 by airplane over the weekend, and that's how Barraza was spotted. He was clocked at 131.5 mph while driving south in the HOV lane, near the Northern Avenue exit.

According to DPS, once a motorcycle officer caught up to the Mustang south of the Northern Avenue exit, Barraza hit the brakes, slowing to 20 mph and sending the motorcycle officer flying past him. That's when Barraza turned right and drove over several lanes, before crashing into a Honda Accord.

Traffic on the highway was blocked for about 10 minutes, and the driver of the Accord sustained minor injuries, while Barraza wasn't injured.

According to a statement from DPS, "Alejandro Barraza told our officer that he was glad DPS did not catch him while traveling 160 mph earlier."

The 2014 Mustang with the 5.0-liter V8 engine has an electronically limited top speed of 149 mph, though those limiters potentially could be removed — and a driver potentially could exaggerate about how fast he was driving.

Barraza was booked into jail for endangerment, reckless driving, criminal speeding, and failure to provide ID.

According to DPS, the agency made 72 stops for speeding thanks to the airplane over the 51 this weekend. Of the 72 people pulled over, the average speed was 91 mph.

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