Trooper Eric French Arrests Holden Man for Driving 122MPH
Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 07032017 – State Police Arrest Holden Man for Driving 122MPH
Yesterday at approximately 8:40 a.m., Massachusetts State Trooper Eric French was patrolling Interstate 495 in Hopkinton when he observed a dark blue BMW sedan traveling at an extremely high rate of speed. Trooper French, while positioned in the median south of Exit 21A, captured the vehicle’s speed with his LIDAR gun at 122 mph in the posted 65 mph zone.
Trooper French pulled onto I-495 northbound to catch up to the speeding vehicle, a 2015 BMW 750LI. The trooper observed the vehicle continue to be driven extremely aggressively and at an unreasonably high speed. The BMW changed lanes without signaling and passed other cars recklessly. The operator’s driving behavior was putting other motorists in significant danger.
Trooper French followed the speeding suspect without alerting the suspect that he was trying to catch up to him. He feared that if the suspect was alerted, he would try to flee and drive even more recklessly.
After a short time, the trooper was able to get directly behind the suspect vehicle, which was slowed by traffic decelerating as it approached a construction zone. Trooper French activated his lights and siren and stopped the vehicle prior to Exit 25 in Marlborough.
Trooper French walked up to the BMW, removed the driver, handcuffed him, and placed him under arrest.
The driver is identified as PLUTARCO CASTELLANOS, 22, of Holden.
CASTELLANOS was transported to the State Police Barracks in Millbury and booked on charges of Operating Negligently to Endanger; Marked Lanes Violation; Failure to Signal; and Speeding. A bail clerk released him on personal recognizance. He will be arraigned in Framingham District Court.
State Police filed an immediate threat notification with the RMV.