Charges Dropped Against Valley's Second-Most-Infamous Serial Speedster

Elvis Saloum
A Valley speedster fought that law and actually won.

Back in November, we told you about Elvis Saloum, a real-estate agent from Peoria, who managed to rack up 55 photo-radar speeding tickets while driving his mom's Lexus.

Saloum got busted speeding on nearly every Valley freeway at speeds ranging from 86 to 104 miles per hour, and today all the charges against him were officially dropped.

That's not the only good news for Saloum, the deadline for the Department of Public Safety to file an appeal has passed.


In total, Saloum was charged with 12 counts of criminal speeding following his arrest, and he seemed to have gotten under the skin of the DPS.

Officers tried to serve Saloum with his citations on several occasions, but he managed to elude them every time.

He was finally arrested at a shopping center near his house. After that, the DPS put out a press release showing pictures and a video of Saloum speeding.

Saloum is only the second-most-infamous lead foot to come out of the Valley's photo-radar era.

A few months before Saloum's arrest, another man, believed by authorities to be Dave Vontesmar, tallied 37 photo-radar tickets.

Saloum surpassed Vontesmar as far as numbers go, but the award for style definitely goes to Vontesmar.

Vontesmar eluded authorities by putting on a monkey mask every time he passed a photo-radar camera. The thinking being: you can't convict what you can't see.

"Not one of them there is a picture where you can identify the driver," Vontesmar said at the time. "The ball's in their court. I sent back all these ones I got with a copy of my drivers license, and said, 'It's not me. I'm not paying them.' "

Check out more on Vontesmar here.

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Michael Kielsky
Michael Kielsky

I did not have as much success with Vontesmar, but still got 16 or so of his dismissed.

Michael Kielsky
Michael Kielsky

He had a good lawyer, me. And they didn't just drop the charges, the most serious were dismissed by a judge because the State would not or could not provide the required discovery (evidence they intended to use at trial), and they kept asking for continuances. After 6 months of that, the judge agreed to dismiss the cases.


A little more detail would be nice: Why were the charges dropped? Did he have a good lawyer? Did the prosecutor drop the ball? What happened?


Thanks for the update! Good luck with your run for County Attorney.

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