Chandler driver stands through sunroof while speeding on freeways

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CHANDLER -- Arizona Department of Public Safety officers arrested a 25-year-old man after photo enforcement cameras captured him standing up through his sunroof while speeding on Valley freeways.

According to DPS, Richard Anthony Flores Jr., of Chandler, has California registration displayed on his vehicle with a louvered plate cover to attempt to obstruct its visibility.

Between Oct. 14 and Nov. 18, Flores' vehicle activated photo enforcement cameras 14 times with 13 of the violations being civil speed and one criminal speed at 90 mph. At this point, investigators have been able to identify Flores in eight of the 14 violations.

According to a DPS press release, on Nov. 6, Flores was driving his vehicle at 90 mph in a 65-mph zone on the eastbound San Tan 202 near Lindsay Drive.

On Nov. 11 at 6:04 p.m., Flores was standing through his open sunroof while traveling at 79 mph in the HOV lane of U.S. 60 at Mesa Drive. Two minutes later, the camera captured him standing through his open sunroof while driving west on U.S. 60 at Alma School Road going 78 mph.

Each time he was the sole occupant of the car.

Flores was arrested on two counts of reckless driving and one count of criminal speed and booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail. He was also served with seven civil speeding citations.

Flores has a California driver's license, but investigators discovered that he has a local address in Chandler and contacted a family member to have him call DPS. Flores called the same day and turned himself in the next morning.