Tyreke Evans was cited and released Monday evening.
RAW VIDEO: Tyreke Evans being cited for speeding
SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Highway Patrol is investigating the possibility that Sacramento Kings point guard and NBA Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans was speeding as fast as 130 miles per hour before officers caught up to him on Memorial Day.
A spotter in a CHP fixed wing aircraft based in Auburn initially saw Evans' 2010 Black Mercedes S550 traveling at over 100 miles per hour alongside a silver car westbound near the Antelope truck scales on Interstate 80 at 6:51 p.m.
"Just west of Greenback (Lane), 110+," the spotter reported at 6:52 p.m. The CHP activity log indicates the Mercedes was swerving through traffic during the incident. "All lanes, (Vehicle Code) 23103," the spotter reported, using shorthand for reckless driving.
As the Mercedes passed Madison Avenue, the speed actually increased. "Now westbound, just west of Madison. 120, 130," the log indicates.
At 6:56 p.m., the CHP spotter reported the Mercedes leaving the freeway at Norwood Avenue. Evans had travelled 10 miles in just five minutes at an average speed of 120 mph.
At 6:58, the spotter saw Evans' car stop at Robla Community Park. That's where officers on the ground finally caught up and pulled Evans and a male companion out of the car at gunpoint because they couldn't see through the tinted windows. "1 at GP (gunpoint)," the log shows. "Taking driver into custody now."
CHP spokeswoman Lizz Dutton said responding officers initially didn't realize who they had stopped. News10 video showed Evans sitting in the back of a CHP car with his hands cuffed behind his back.
After a few minutes, an officer removed the handcuffs and handed Evans a citation when it became clear there were no drugs or alcohol involved.
"It's a bookable offense, but it's also a cite-and-release offense," Dutton explained. "Officers have the discretion." Dutton said it's likely Evans would face a 30-day license suspension at his court appearance, scheduled for August 4.
Air 21, the CHP Cessna that followed Evans, is equipped with a camera that recorded the entire event. Dutton said the silver car left the freeway before Evans did and that CHP investigators were reviewing the video to determine if they had been racing.
Evans declined to speak to a News10 photographer at Robla Park, but on Tuesday he posted the following on his Twitter page:
Apologies to fans, the Kings and my fam for bad decision making. Driving is a privilege & speeding was a mistake. I've def learned my lesson
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net