DETROIT (WWJ) – Drag racing is out of control in Detroit.
That’s according to Sheriff Benny Napoleon, who said they’ve recently seen an increase in illegal street racing in the city.
“In the past year we’ve seen serious crashes, shots have been fired by participants and at least two homicides have been attributed to drag racing,” Napoleon said. “So the citizens have said enough is enough — they wanna put an end to it.”
Napoleon said they’ve put together a task force that focuses on illegal street racing.
“Right now it’s predominantly an activity that we have seen in Detoit but if they choose to leave Detroit and go someplace else in Wayne County we are going to follow them,” he said.
Napoleon said they have confiscated a number of vehicles and had this message to those who continue to race in the streets: “People need to understand: Your vehicle is at risk. If you come to Wayne County and you race, you’re gonna lose your car,” he said.
Wayne County Circuit Judge Virgil Smith is holding a hearing Thursday in which authorities will seek ownership of six vehicles involved in drag racing.