More than 100 suspected road racers were taken into custody in Georgia after police surrounded them in a parking lot and used spike strips to prevent their escape.
The Clayton County Sheriff’s office reports the arrests came early Sunday morning after responding to calls about cars performing stunts outside a Sam’s Club store in Morrow, near Atlanta. A total of 75 adults were charged with, among other things, loitering, drifting and possession of a firearm under the age of 18, while the parents of 27 teenagers were charged with curfew violations.
“Of course, some tried to walk and drove over sidewalks and medians to escape,” said Officer Aubriel Stroud. “But don’t worry, we have them too.”
Some of the road racing suspects captured by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office in Morrow, Georgia (Clayton County Sheriff’s Office)
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Stroud added that 48 vehicles were confiscated and four firearms were confiscated.
The suspects’ identities were not disclosed, but they appeared young, according to a picture released by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.
Law enforcement officers arriving on the spot, according to a statement from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, decided to “strategically block any exit available to racers and use spike strips to plate their tires if they choose to run.”
“After all the escape areas were closed, MPs and officials went from car to car and arrested the entire road racing team,” she continued.
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Police also said in the statement that “reading is essential”.
“However, if you drive too fast, it is difficult to read the warning signs at the entrances to Clayton County warning those trying to break the law that it might be wise to turn around,” it said.