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Case against man faced with reckless driving reduced to infraction

Deputy reported suspect, a candidate for job with the California Highway Patrol, reached speeds near

Posted: August 7, 2013 6:54 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2013 6:54 p.m.

A 21-year-old Santa Clarita man charged with reckless driving on suspicion of speeding close to 100 mph through Saugus pleaded no contest Wednesday to a reduced charge of driving at speeds exceeding 65 mph, an infraction.

Dante Mastroianni appeared in Santa Clarita Court Wednesday with his attorney, Daniel Kann, and entered a plea of no contest to the infraction.

“Mastroianni pleaded no contest today to an infraction of traveling over maximum speed under the terms of a negotiated settlement,” said District Attorney spokeswoman Shiara Dávila-Morales.

The defendant presented proof Wednesday he completed 12 hours of community service and also completed the Morgue and Hospital Program through the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, she said.

Mastroianni also presented proof to the court that he is a candidate for employment with the California Highway Patrol, Dávila-Morales said.

Los Angeles County Commissioner Martin Gladstein ordered the defendant to pay a $100 fine plus a penalty assessment fee.

Mastroianni was arrested by a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputy on Feb. 20 who reported seeing a car approaching at a “very high rate of speed” on Newhall Ranch Road.

The deputy noted in his log report, “The driver clocked speeding close to 100 mph through city streets, past Central Park and Saugus High School and through one red light has been charged with reckless driving.”

The car, described as a bronze-colored 2012 two-door BMW, passed another motorist traveling at about 60 mph, he wrote.

Kann, who described his client as a “very up-standing young man,” said it would have been a miscarriage of justice had prosecutors not reduced the misdemeanor charge of reckless driving to a speeding infraction.

Initial reports alleged the driver reached speeds of 98 mph on Bouquet Canyon Road.
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