MPD puts the brakes on illegal drag spot - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD puts the brakes on illegal drag spot

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Among the cars parked in the city's impound lot are nearly two dozen vehicles seized during a weekend raid at a popular Memphis street racing spot.

"A lot of the people I interact with street race," said Joe Beegle of DynoSpeed Racing in Bartlett.

Beegle makes his living increasing the performance of factory cars.

"When you have a vehicle that's designed to run, you wanna run it," he said.

Beegle personally discourages his clients from "running it" in areas that are not regulated.

"There are unspoken rules people are supposed to follow," he said. "But there's nobody there to watch it and people do get hurt."

They also get rowdy.  We found empty beer cans and bottles along B.F. Goodrich Road.  It's a straight-away in the middle of an industrial area where business owners petitioned the city for assistance.

"When folks go to watch drag racing they don't take peppermint sticks and chocolate milk with them," Mayor A C Wharton said Monday during a news conference.  He said the make-shift drag strip on Goodrich was one of the worst.

"I went out and looked at it and got with the Director, and we're gonna do that all over this town," Wharton promised.

Police issued 18 misdemeanor citations Saturday night, recovered a stolen car, and towed 20 others.  But Joe Beegle believes some racers will never "shift gears."

"You're always gonna have that percentage of people," Beegle said. "No matter what you do, they're gonna street race."

Some believe the closure of Memphis Motorsports Park has prompted some racers to take to the streets.  That's something city leaders do not believe.

Copyright 2010 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Single winning ticket claims 2nd largest Powerball jackpot

    Single winning ticket claims 2nd largest Powerball jackpot

    Thursday, August 24 2017 4:11 AM EDT2017-08-24 08:11:32 GMT
    Thursday, August 24 2017 6:07 AM EDT2017-08-24 10:07:32 GMT

    The winning numbers were 06-07-16-23-26, with a Powerball number of 04.

    More >>

    The winning numbers were 06-07-16-23-26, with a Powerball number of 04.

    More >>
  • Solicitor: Suspect in deadly Conway bank robbery to face two counts of murder, other charges

    Solicitor: Suspect in deadly Conway bank robbery to face two counts of murder, other charges

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 11:36 PM EDT2017-08-24 03:36:44 GMT
    Front: Brandon Council (Source: Conway Police), Background: The scene in Greenville, NC where Council was apprehended. (Source: WITN reporter Lynnette Taylor's Facebook Live)Front: Brandon Council (Source: Conway Police), Background: The scene in Greenville, NC where Council was apprehended. (Source: WITN reporter Lynnette Taylor's Facebook Live)

    The person of interest in the double-murder and bank robbery in Conway on Monday is in custody. Brandon MIchael Council was arrested in Greenville, North Carolina Wednesday, along with two other people, authorities there confirmed.  Brandon Michael Council was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of two CresCom bank employees during a bank robbery at the CresCom Bank in Conway on Monday afternoon.

    More >>

    The person of interest in the double-murder and bank robbery in Conway on Monday is in custody. Brandon MIchael Council was arrested in Greenville, North Carolina Wednesday, along with two other people, authorities there confirmed.  Brandon Michael Council was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of two CresCom bank employees during a bank robbery at the CresCom Bank in Conway on Monday afternoon.

    More >>
  • Mother charged with killing teenage daughter

    Mother charged with killing teenage daughter

    Wednesday, August 23 2017 6:50 AM EDT2017-08-23 10:50:33 GMT
    Wednesday, August 23 2017 6:50 AM EDT2017-08-23 10:50:33 GMT

    Burned remains found on the mother’s farm were identified as those of her 16-year-old daughter, who she gave up for adoption when she was a baby.

    More >>

    Burned remains found on the mother’s farm were identified as those of her 16-year-old daughter, who she gave up for adoption when she was a baby.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly