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Cars seized after suspected Fayetteville drag race

Posted November 14, 2011

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— Police seized three cars over the weekend that investigators say were involved in a drag race in Fayetteville.

An officer spotted the three cars at the intersection of Grove Street and Eastern Boulevard at about midnight Friday and saw them speed off when the traffic light turned green. Police estimated the cars were traveling down Grove Street at about 85 mph.

The officer chased the cars and stopped one, but the other two sped away, police said. Investigators later identified two other suspected drivers and charged all three with prearranged racing and careless and reckless driving.

The three suspected drivers are Deandre Kelly, 18, Matthew Draughon, 18, and Jamil Lawson, 20.

The seized cars, a 1989 Nissan 240 SX, a 1985 Toyota Corolla GTS and a 1990 Nissan 240 SX, will remain impounded until the charges are resolved, police said.

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  • polvolee Nov 17, 2011

    Rebelyell55, I agree to the fact that yes there are officers out there who dont follow even normal traffic laws and yes like normal drivers they should abbide by those laws. Law Enforcement officers are not above the laws they enforce.
    Mjkata68, as far as the UK, US similarity you can't go by that because every country is different. Even states are different, its not one standardize curriculum that every law enforcement officer learns from.
    When it all boils down to it, regardless of opinion, what they did was dumb and juvenile. By doing this they could have risked not only their lives but the lives of innocent bystandards. Fine, if they didnt care about their life and were willing to end it b/c they wanted to prove their car was better than someone else's but dont risk the lives of others.

  • btpearce Nov 15, 2011

    Here is a mid 80's Toyota with a few mods on the dragstrip for those that think they are slow. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF6Yh7YH6-I

  • jockeyshiftspringer Nov 15, 2011

    lineOfDuty said: "loose their license until their 21. When they get it back ... no points until they're 23."

    huh? why 23?

  • Follow_The_Money27617 Nov 15, 2011

    The seized cars, a 1989 Nissan 240 SX, a 1985 Toyota Corolla GTS and a 1990 Nissan 240 SX, will remain impounded until the charges are resolved, police said.

    WOW. Whats that a $1000 seizure? If the max speed limit is 70 MPH why do people spend so much money to get to that speed limit faster?

  • mjkata68 Nov 15, 2011

    saturn5 - I gotcha, I misread it. Thanks for the correction

  • saturn5 Nov 15, 2011

    mjkata68: "Actually UNC PH.d, he is correct in saying that cops do cause a good amount of accidents due to carelessness or not paying attention."

    That's not what he said. He said "LEO's are more reckless than we are." All humans make mistakes and can be careless, but he's making a comparative analysis between police and the group he identifies himself with.

  • mjkata68 Nov 15, 2011

    OH and as far as the comment about the cars being slow..... Timbo10.0 is correct about the 240sx. As far as the 1985 corolla GTS goes, that is by no means a slow car, especially modified. That generation corolla only weighs around 2300lbs (which most cars now are 3000lbs+) and i've seen supra engines swapped into them many times (mainly the 1JZ).... the car may look like garbage but it will leave you crying in a race. Basically what I'm trying to say is these cars have a great potential to be very fast, but unless this article is updated to show at least some of the mods done, we will never know.

  • Classified Nov 15, 2011

    "What you will see when viewing that video is a leo using all emergency equipment (lights and siren). You will then notice that a motorist failed to heed to the law enforcement officer who had the right of way in this incident." - Eastern N.C. Native

    Just as you will see the LEO failed to allow for this possibility. If a vehicle is not pulling over there is a chance that they don't notice your "right of way". A right of way is not worth dying over.

  • saturn5 Nov 15, 2011

    OpinionatedGuy: "Problem is that LEO's are more reckless then they we are... Facts are facts... Anyone ever watch American Graffiti? When driving was cool and fun? Now we are just drones in a seat... Think about it..."

    I'm sure you can provide sources to verify your "facts" about LEOs being more reckless than you. Here's a news flash for you - American Graffiti was a movie. If you want to race, take it to the track. There's one in Fayetteville where this happened. You're not the first generation to grow up and get a driver's license.

  • mjkata68 Nov 15, 2011

    Actually UNC PH.d, he is correct in saying that cops do cause a good amount of accidents due to carelessness or not paying attention. There are no statistics available for the US, but in the UK (which I would believe to be somewhat similar), this is what has been reported:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1177100/Police-cause-crashes-day-killed-150-people-road-smashes-2004.html

    Just because police take defensive driving courses and chase/capture classes does not mean they are good drivers. They are people too, and people make careless mistakes.

    Also, I can understand why you blasted opinionatedguy for not presenting facts to back up his claim, but before you blast someone and try to prove him wrong, you should do the same.

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