DPS not pleased with Bugatti driver going 225 mph on I-8

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- The Bugatti Veyron: Close to $2 million, and along Interstate 8 in Southern Arizona, close to 225 miles per hour.

Mike McGovern, the chief instructor for the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, has spent about three decades training people in precision behind the wheel.

"When things go wrong at that rate of speed, they go wrong really fast," he said. "If you don't understand the basics, you shouldn't get yourself in that position."

The Arizona Department of Public Safety agrees. An officer stopped the driver, but he was only doing about 80 at that point so he was not arrested.  

"Two hundred miles an hour almost ensures a fatal crash, with multiple fatalities," said DPS spokesman Bart Graves. 

The driver, who hasn't been identified publicly, would have to be caught in the act to face criminal charges. He posted the video online this week, but that's still not proof enough to incriminate himself.

DPS said they'll be looking for the rare car.

"There's criminal speeding, then there's this ridiculous thing he's doing here, which would be reckless driving," Graves said. "He doesn't care, obviously. It's all about making the video."

He should have made the video on a private track, not a public interstate.

Fortunately, the driver didn't crash.

Reckless driving can result in the loss of your license and prison time.