(LOS ANGELES) — Dozens of people were arrested and their cars were impounded following a street racing bust in Los Angeles.
More than 40 people were arrested in the sting, which occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, police said. Hundreds of police swooped in, trapping hundreds of vehicles near West Imperial Highway during the sweep.
“The operation included 44 arrests that ranged from warrant arrests to drug related offenses,” read a statement by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau. “Unlicensed drivers and those driving on a suspended license were also part of the 209 citations issued, in addition to the 54 vehicles that were towed.”
The street races, which have been publicized through social media, are an ongoing problem for authorities in Los Angeles, officials said.
The bust came two months after a speeding Mustang swerved into a crowd, killing two people — Eric Siguenza, 26, and Wilson Wong, 50 — in Los Angeles’ Chatsworth neighborhood.
Authorities are worried that street racing will increase during the summer months. California Highway Patrol Officer Edgar Figueroa said police remain committed to keeping the streets safe.
“Anytime somebody gets killed as a result of something like this…we are going to do everything we can to crush this type of criminal activity,” Figueroa said.
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