31 arrested in street racing bust - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

31 arrested in street racing bust

(Source: SCSO) (Source: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

More than two dozen people were arrested while drag racing on a public street.

Memphis Police Department said it received several complaints about drag racing happening near Riverport Road.

One Memphian who was in the area said the racers regularly hit speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.

"That's crazy," Kevin Spragg said. "Somebody driving more than 100-150 miles per hour anywhere in this city."

Officers saw several pickup trucks with trailers congregate around 5 p.m. Saturday in the Electrolux parking lot. The trailers contained racing motorcycles and off-road vehicles. Some high-performance street racing cars also arrived.

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The group cordoned off part of the street and set up a drag strip.

"Doing something like this is unacceptable, especially when it comes to putting people's lives at risk," Memphian Armstrong Wilson said.

Officers arrested 31 people for obstructing the roadway. Two of them were also arrested for drag racing and reckless driving. MPD towed away the racing vehicles. One person was charged with having 14 grams of marijuana.

"If they got arrested, good," Wilson said, "That's what should happen." 

Police director Mike Rallings released the following statement after the arrests:

"Street racing can be extremely dangerous for the driver, spectators, innocent motorists and bystanders. Nationally, individuals have been critically and even fatally injured due to this senseless behavior. We cannot allow this to happen in the City of Memphis.

We have received complaints of street racing in this area. Officers were in the right place at the right time to witness this occurrence and they responded swiftly. We will not tolerate this behavior and allow participating individuals to endanger innocent citizens."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 153 people were killed in 122 street racing crashes between 2001 and 2010.

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