Saugus speeder sentenced to one day in jail

A 26-year-old man who was arrested with his father – both men accused of reckless driving – was sentenced Wednesday to one day in jail and ordered to pay a $100 fine for speeding.

Kenneth Svanoe appeared Wednesday in the Santa Clarita Courthouse where he was sentenced, Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told The Signal Wednesday.

“He was sentenced today to one day in jail and fined $100 plus court fees,” Santiago said.

On May 31, Svanoe pleaded no contest to one infraction of speeding.

Svanoe and his father, Lars Svanoe, 48, both of Saugus, were arrested just over a year ago after a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputy spotted the pair riding their motorcycles recklessly on Soledad Highway, Lt. Brenda Cambra, now retired, said at the time of the arrest.

Lars Svanoe pleaded no contest in May to one misdemeanor count of reckless driving on a highway and was sentenced to 24 months of summary probation, Santiago said at the time.

Both men were arrested Oct. 8, 2016, on suspicion of reckless driving after a local sheriff’s deputy saw a pack of motorcyclists allegedly speeding through Saugus and allegedly running a red light.

“The deputy saw a group of motorcycles traveling together at a high rate of speed,” Cambra told The Signal in October 2016.

“He saw two of the motorcycle riders enter the intersection after the light had turned red. The group continued down the roadway in excess of the speed limit.”

In January, when Lars Svanoe told the judge he wanted to represent himself in court, Judge Robert J. Schuit advised against it and gave the man time to consider working with a public defender.

“The bottom line, as a judge, I view this as a bad idea,” Schuit told Svanoe in January. “I suggest you get legal representation because this is terrible idea.”

Lars Svanoe said he would get in touch with a public defender.

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