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Two individuals recorded at 199 mph in street racing on Florida Turnpike, according to deputies.

Over the weekend, two individuals, identified as Luis Alejandro Lozano-Figueroa, 20, and Mario Alberto Paz-Gil, 19, were apprehended by Orange County deputies for engaging in alleged street racing on the Florida Turnpike. The arrest followed reports from residents near Lake Mary Jane and Moss Park roads, describing multiple vehicles participating in street racing and takeovers.

An arrest affidavit revealed that a red Chevrolet Camaro and a black vehicle were observed drag racing side by side. The Camaro proceeded south on the Turnpike, reaching an alarming speed of 199 mph in a 70 mph zone. Subsequently, Lozano-Figueroa, the driver, was arrested for racing on a highway, while Paz-Gil faced charges for knowingly being a passenger during street racing. Both individuals were booked into the Osceola County jail, and a 16-year-old passenger in the Camaro was released to their mother.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office emphasized their commitment to combating illegal street racing, highlighting their extensive efforts in 2023, including 157 arrests, 1,290 citations, and the seizure of 54 vehicles related to dangerous street racing activities.

The law enforcement agency underscored the illegality of racing on streets and highways, street takeovers, and stunt driving, citing Florida law that also prohibits unsanctioned drag racing, drifting, wheelies, burnouts, and donuts. Such activities not only pose a threat to the community but can impede law enforcement and first responders from responding effectively to emergencies.

Statistics from 2018 to 2023 revealed nearly 9,000 citations issued statewide for street racing or stunt driving, primarily targeting younger individuals as first-degree misdemeanors. In response to witnessing such activities, residents were advised to remain calm, avoid engagement, pull over safely (if possible), and report incidents to the Florida Highway Patrol at *347 or 911. The sheriff's office reiterated their zero-tolerance stance on street racing in Orange County, emphasizing ongoing efforts to address this issue.

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