Riverside police arrested and charged a Riverside man on August 18 for speeding, driving under the influence and driving while his license was revoked.
Victor J. Torres, 32, was speeding northbound at 12:32 a.m. on the 3200 block of Harlem Avenue in a 2003 Hyundai when police officers stopped him. Officers report that Torres said he was coming from a bar in Berwyn.
Torres, who reportedly first told officers his name was Edwin Fuentas, is said to have failed several sobriety tests. Police report that he said he had been drinking Corona beer and had taken shots of Hennessy.
After taking Torres into custody, police discovered that he was a repeat offender. He was arrested three times before Monday’s incident for DUI and arrested six times in the past 15 years for driving with a suspended or revoked license. Torres has not had a valid license since 1999.
“Mr. Torres has not spent one single day in prison for any of his driving offenses,” said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel. “While Mr. Torres was convicted of drug charges over the years and did serve prison time, none of his in custody prison sentences involved his driving offenses.”
Weitzel called Torres’ lack of prison time for “obvious flagrant and reckless traffic offenses” shameful.
Torres is in police custody on a $10,000 bond.
Editors note: We previously reported that Torres was speeding northbound on First Avenue. He was in fact speeding on Harlem Avenue.