2 arrested for racing more than 100 mph on Skyway Bridge, FHP says

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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A man and a woman were arrested Sunday for racing on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers say they arrested 28-year-old Danielle Hebner and 32-year-old Francisco Pavez for reckless driving around 5:45 p.m. in St. Petersburg.

According to an FHP spokesperson, a trooper spotted the two drivers weaving in and out of traffic, racing and trying to pass each other while driving northbound on the Skyway Bridge around 5:30 p.m.

A trooper activated their dash camera to capture the action, as seen in the video above.

News Channel 8 went to speak with both drivers Monday and they both said they were not racing and didn’t even know each other.

A report from the FHP says Hebner was driving a dark-colored hatchback Subaru Impreza WRX STI and clocked in at 117 mph. Pavez was driving a red coupe Eagle Talon and clocked in at 108 mph, the report says. The speed limit in the area was 65 mph.

Hebner and Pavez were booked into the Pinellas County Jail around 7:00 pm and each bonded out hours later, so we went to talk to them.

“That’s crazy, that’s really fast…it’s shocking, very shocking,” said Dana Palma who lives in Pavez’s New Port Richey neighborhood.

Palma said he’s a quiet neighbor who looks out for her 3 boys all under the age of 11-years-old whenever they’re by the street.

Palma said she never would have guessed him to be driving that fast.

“We’ve never seen him go fast through here, he’s actually yelled at people who have gone fast through here [because he knows my kids live nearby],” Palma said.

News Channel 8 also spoke with Hebner who FHP said was driving 117 mph. She also didn’t want to go on camera but also said she didn’t know Pavez and also said they weren’t racing.

Hebner said she was driving home after attending the FL2K in Bradenton, a drag racing car show.

“That’s kinda crazy…that’s dangerous, irresponsible,” said Aldo Traga, a neighbor to Hebner in Bellaire Bluffs. “She [must have] thought she was [in the movie] ‘Too Fast, Too Furious’ or something,” said Traga.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, both are facing two misdemeanor charges of reckless driving and racing on a highway.

Officials said both the driver’s vehicles were escorted to the FHP station in Pinellas County and will be seized for 30 days.

Hebner and Pavez were both released from the Pinellas County Jail around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night, each on at $400 cash bond. They are both scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 23 at 9 a.m.

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