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Winter Haven Teenager Charged With Reckless Driving and Racing After Weaving Through Traffic At A High Rate Of Speed

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office

If you noticed PCSO activity Tuesday night west of Highland City on County Road 540A, here’s what went down….

At around 7:12pm, Deputy Colon was doing proactive patrol while traveling east on CR 540A when he noticed a gray 2005 BMW traveling westbound at about 85mph (in a 45mph zone), making numerous lane changes and getting dangerously close to other vehicles.

Deputy Colon noted that the driving was aggressive as the BMW weaved through traffic, causing at least one other driver to suddenly brake to avoid a collision.

Additionally, a white Dodge Durango was keeping pace with the BMW and competing for position.

Deputy Colon got behind the BMW and conducted a traffic stop, while the Dodge Durango continued on.

The driver of the BMW was identified as 18-year old Gabriel Verissimo of Winter Haven.

Verissimo was arrested and charged with Reckless Driving and Racing.

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