Man drives recklessly with two children in backseat near West Palm Beach, deputies say

A man driving more than 80 mph and swerving in and out of traffic on suburban West Palm Beach roads with two children in the backseat was arrested Sunday, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

When asked why he was speeding the man said “he had no reason to be driving fast” but wanted to get his errands done and get home.

Michael Fasanaro

Michael Fasanaro

Michael Fasanaro, 30, faces charges of child neglect and reckless driving. Fasanaro was released from the Palm Beach County jail on his own recognizance Monday.

On Sunday afternoon, a sheriff’s deputy noticed a car running a red light at the intersection of Sherwood Forest Boulevard and Purdy Lane. As the deputy followed the driver, later identified as Fasanaro, he kept weaving in and out of traffic and speeding. At one point, the deputy notes he sped up to 80 mph in his own vehicle and could still not catch up to Fasanaro.

The deputy eventually turned on his lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop. At that time, the deputy noticed two boys, between the ages of 9 and 11, crying in the backseat. An unidentified woman was called, and took the boys away. The woman told the deputy she had scolded Fasanaro in the past for reckless driving in the past but never knew he’d do it with the children in the car.

Fasanaro, who lives in suburban West Palm Beach, does not appear to have any previous arrests or traffic citations, according to court records.

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