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Man 'shows off' new Porsche, goes to jail

PRESCOTT - A man who said he was "showing off" his new Porsche was caught by police doing 91 miles per hour in a 35 zone, and ended up in jail, according to a Prescott police report.

On Jan. 18, about 2:30 p.m., an officer saw a man, 33 years old, driving a blue Porsche on Iron Springs Road and "noticed it traveling much faster than the rest of traffic," the report said. He timed it by radar at 50 mph, and turned to pursue the car.

When he arrived at the intersection of Gail Gardner Way and Iron Springs and stopped at the traffic light, the officer could see the car, but it was eight to ten cars ahead in traffic, the report said.

He heard a vehicle accelerate loudly, the report said, and for a short time he lost sight of the car. When he saw it again, he estimated it was traveling 70 mph, and kicking up dust from the road.

The officer caught up to the car in the 2900 block of Iron Springs, used radar again to clock it at 91 mph in a 35 zone, and was able to make a traffic stop, the report said.

The man was accompanied in the car by a woman, and told the officer that he was "showing off his new car," the report said.

The officer told him that "his actions were extremely unsafe for other motorists" and reminded him that "he was not a professional driver on a (closed) course," the report said.

The driver admitted that his actions were "dumb," the report said.

The car was towed; a handgun was found inside.

The driver was booked into the Camp Verde jail on a misdemeanor charge of criminal speeding.