Although the Chevrolet Corvette C8 is stealing most of the headlines these days, the outgoing C7 Corvette is still an incredible sports car – so incredible, in fact, some owners feel the need to unleash its prodigious power and speed potential on public roads. Unfortunately for this young driver, that sort of thing landed him in jail.
According to local news affiliate KRQE 13, 20-year-old Brian Andrade-Lopez was clocked at 123 mph on I-25 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Andrade-Lopez was allegedly street racing in his C7 Corvette against another Corvette.
Officer Golson of the Albuquerque Police Department caught Andrade-Lopez in the act, and managed to catch up with Andrade-Lopez’s black C7 Corvette. Andrade-Lopez pulled over, while the other Corvette managed to escape.
The incident was captured by Officer Golson’s body cam, which shows Andrade-Lopez’s C7 Corvette pulled over on the side of the highway.
“Evening,” Golson is heard saying. “The reason I’m stopping you is you’re doing in excess of 120 mph in a 65-mph zone and racing another vehicle on a public roadway.” Andrade-Lopez is later handcuffed and placed in Golson’s squad car. Andrade-Lopez tries to reason with Golson, but the police officer isn’t having it.
“Come on man, give me a chance,” Andrade-Lopez says. “It’s my first time, man. Come on.”
Later, Andrade-Lopez’s brother shows up to see if he can talk the officers into letting him go. However, that too proves ineffective.
“He’s an adult. He’s got to deal with it on his own,” Officer Golson says. “He made the decisions. He took the actions. Now, he’s got to face the consequences. It’s how it works.”
It should go without saying, but it’s worth reiterating here – if you want to race, take it to the track. Street racing is stupid and could end in jail – or worse.