Driver busted for speeding blames rap song

Florida motorist caught doing 120 mph tells cops he was cruising to the Spanish-language track “A Ciento Veinte”, which means “To 120.”


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Richard Ortecho
(Indian River County Sheriff's Office)

A man busted for speeding on a Florida highway gave cops quite possibly the worst excuse on record for why he was doing 50 mph over the posted limit – he was “listening to a song named Ciento Veinte, which means 120, so I was driving 120.”

Richard Lee Ortecho was allegedly seen weaving in and out of traffic Saturday evening on Interstate 95 near Vero Beach, as cops clocked his Volkswagen traveling at “speeds ranging between 120 mph and 127 mph” in a 70 mph zone.

The 21-year-old narrowly avoided hitting other vehicles and failed to stop immediately when a police car with flashing lights gave chase, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Smoking Gun.

When cops finally managed to pull over the young speed merchant, he apologized, claiming that he “didn’t know driving reckless was illegal,” the report states.

But Ortecho offered an even more perplexing explanation for why he had been going in excess of 120 mph.

The motorist said he’d been listening to the song “A Ciento Veinte,” a cut on an EP released last year by the rapper Track Insano, noting that “ciento veinte means 120, so I was driving 120.”

Unfortunately for Ortecho, the ingenious excuse was to no avail – he was arrested for fleeing from police, a felony, and reckless driving, a misdemeanor.

Ortecho was also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a police search of his Volkswagen turned up some weed and a grinder.

He was released Sunday from the county jail after posting $6500 bond.

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