MPD arrests 31 in drag racing bust

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Thirty-one people were arrested Saturday after police busted a drag race.

Memphis Police said they had received many complaints about drag racing on Paul R Lowry Road.

Around 4:45 p.m. Saturday, an officer was parked at the Electrolux parking lot when he saw a lot of vehicles, including street-racing vehicles, arrive and park on the side of the road across the street.

Police said some of the vehicles were pick-up trucks that were hauling racing motorcycles and off-road four-wheelers.

Police also said someone put an orange cone in the middle of the street to mark a quarter-mile from the starting line.

The motorcycles started racing at a high speed, and there were many vehicles and people in the street watching the races, police said.

More officers, including some from the Organized Crime Unit, responded to the scene and blocked the roadway to prevent the racers and spectators from getting away.

Police arrested 31 people for drag racing and misdemeanor traffic offenses, and they towed several cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles.

Police also found $12,700 in one of the vehicles as well as a stolen motorcycle in a trailer.

The following people were charged with just disorderly conduct and obstructing highway/passageway: Rickki Alexander, Dewayne Anthony, Patrick Banks, Marcus Brown, Patrick Christian, Kevin Griffin, 50-year-old Arthur Guess, Winston Guess, Waimon Hayes, Denarvis Horton, Eugenia Ingle, Brian Jefferson, Brandon Jennings, Eric King, Marcus Knowlton, Michael Lamb, Cedric Layrock, Johnny Martin, Cameron Mathis, Terrance McDaniel, Lavar McNeil, W Merritt, Keland Mills, 31-year-old Michael Owens, Russell Roddy, Derrick Stewart, Christopher Taylor and Michael Young.

Anthony Campbell, 32, and Michael Owens, 60, were charged with drag racing and reckless driving in addition to disorderly conduct and obstructing highway/passageway.

Arthur Guess, 20, was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after police said they found 14 grams of the drug on him.

MPD Director Michael Rallings reminded the public about the dangers of drag racing:

Street racing can be extremely dangerous for the driver, spectators, innocent motorists and bystanders. Nationally, individuals have been critically and even fatally injured due to this senseless behavior. We cannot allow this to happen in the City of Memphis.

We have received complaints of street racing in this area. Officers were in the right place at the right time to witness this occurrence and they responded swiftly. We will not tolerate this behavior and allow participating individuals to endanger innocent citizens.