Hey, Corvette drivers, if you want to race, take it to the track.
Don’t endanger the lives of innocent people trying to prove your manhood on public streets.
Eight people apparently didn’t heed that advice in Harris County, Texas on Friday, March 20, as they were arrested for street racing on the same weekend as a major drag racing event in town, the TX2K.
“This year the event took place in Baytown and drew thousands of spectators,” the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said, “many of which insist on using the streets of Harris County to do racing of their own.”
Lawmen caught some of the racing on video, including three Corvettes taking off at a stop light along I-10, The Katy Freeway and finally reaching speeds of 100 mph on the interstate’s frontage road near Beltway 8.
The offenders face a class B misdemeanor charge for street racing and could be sentenced to a $2,000 fine, 180 days in jail, and driver’s license suspension. Repeat offenders can be charged with a second degree felony.
The sheriff’s office also pointed out that in street racing, passengers can be punished as severely as the driver, and spectators can also be fined.
Charged with racing on a highway were Jesus Cervantes, Scott Glaser, Nicholas Harding, Martin Vela Racing, Demitrius Abercrombie, and Eduardo Cerazo. Meanwhile, Marquise Christian was arrested for driving while intoxicated, and Julian Fernandez was taken into custody on an open warrant.
In addition to the arrests, 13 other citations were issued for various traffic violations.
Helping to bust the street racers was a 2015 Corvette Stingray equipped with the Performance Data Recorder. The undercover Corvette belonged to one of the Sheriff’s deputies. Here is the raw video from the Stingray’s PDR that will no doubt be used to prosecute the alledged street racers:
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