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Dozens arrested in crackdown on street racing

Posted November 23, 2008

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— Authorities arrested dozens of people and seized vehicles worth up to $150,000 in a two-month investigation into illegal street racing in Guilford and Forsyth counties.

The crackdown focused on a popular street racing route that began on Main Street in High Point and went along U.S. Highway 311 to Winston-Salem.

"Street racing is extremely dangerous, and it places people's lives at risk when it occurs," Highway Patrol commander Col. Walter J. Wilson Jr. said. "Troopers have worked hard to keep the highways safe. We will not tolerate this kind of reckless endangerment on our highways."

Overnight, troopers seized 12 vehicles and served 45 arrest warrants against people ranging in age from 17 to 43, Capt. Everett Clendenin said.

The charges included prearranged racing, spontaneous racing, reckless driving, stop-sign violations and improper use of registration plates. A conviction for street racing, a misdemeanor, could take away a person's drivers license for three years.

The seized vehicles included Honda Civics, Ford Mustangs and Cobras, BMWs, Pontiacs and a Chevrolet Trail Blazer. Some vehicles had been modified for racing and ranged in value from $5,000 up to $150,000.

Clendenin said troopers plan to serve about 30 more warrants and seize 20 more vehicles next week.

They were continuing the investigation, working with confidential informants, and anticipate filing additional charges.

State troopers received information from citizens about the street racing in High Point, and launched an investigation, along with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agency.


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  • docusearch Nov 24, 2008

    To see some real information on street racing, check out the upcoming documentary on street racing "1320 A West Coast Story" - it is on youtube type in "1320 Movie" or check it out on Wikipedia as well.

    It shows all aspects of the street racing scene - the history, modern day implications, etc. It has racers, police, politicians, busts etc. laws enacted to combat the street racing.

    Also the official website is http://www.1320movie.com

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Nov 24, 2008

    really a trailblazer? i mean i owned one of these not that fast

  • Justin T. Nov 24, 2008

    Good one, Mike D.

    I heard it was a Geo Metro with $149,999.99 of mods.

  • TStills Nov 24, 2008

    Id be willing to bet the car valued at $150,000 was a $12,000 Ford Focus with $138,000 of features added on....