Several arrested for street racing

June 16, 2008 5:33:33 PM PDT
It is one of the biggest racing busts ever in Raleigh. Ten drivers arrested and there could be more.

On Triangle Town and Summer Boulevards --where there is no stop sign-- tire tracks make the turn look like a race track.

Behind the Triangle Town Center, the roads are long, straight and full of skid marks.

Neighbors say the strip is a regular for drag racers, and they hope police crackdown will put an end to some reckless speeds.

"When they take off, you see a bunch of smoke and skid marks," Restaurant Worker, Dale Barnard said.

Barnard says he sees the drag racing on Triangle Town Boulevard all the time when he's at work at Shane's Rib Shack.

He says he has seen cars racing at speeds of over 100 miles-per-hour.

"Oh, they're going pretty fast. Because they start at the end of this roadway and go all the way down. They be flying," he said.

And a couple of miles away, on Capital Boulevard, the parking lot outside a Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant is full of skid marks.

Restaurant managers say dozens of racers meet there on weekends.

"You can hear when they're going on Capital Boulevard. We hear the shifting of gears," Restaurant Manager, Robbi Laney said. "They want to put a speed trap; this would be a good place to do it."

Speeders have been so bold as to post their stunts on YouTube. But police have arrested 10 drivers, including 28-year-old Phillip Arnold, 24-year-old Jonathon Cassel, 23-year-old Javier Mercado, and 20-year-old Joshua Sanne.

Click here to watch the YouTube video.

All four are charged with unlawful street racing.

The charges are only misdemeanors, but police have also seized six cars.

The Highway Patrol says it will be up to a judge to decide if and when the alleged racers will get their vehicles back.

This street racing investigation has gone on for three weeks and has been undercover at times.

The Highway Patrol says their crackdown on north Raleigh street racing is ongoing.


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