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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Organized Street Racers Stir Up Trouble in N.C.

From Young drivers in souped-up cars have been racing for months late at night on roads around Mecklenburg County, North Carolina traveling at speeds of 100 mph and higher.

More than a few times, they nearly collided with city buses, tractor trailers and motorists on stretches they expected to be abandoned. After four months of surveillance, authorities cracked down. They arrested 10 drivers this weekend and two more Monday night, and have seized 19 modified cars. Police said this week that their investigation revealed an organized, complex and dangerous racing culture.

"This isn't just a bunch of high school kids," said one undercover Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer who asked not to be identified because he's still involved in the investigation. "This is an organized group in their mid-20s, and there's evidence of criminal activity, from drinking to stolen vehicle parts to weapons." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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