Troopers arrest alleged street racers in Yakima
YAKIMA, Wash. - Two drivers are in Yakima County Jail after troopers said they raced, reaching speeds over 90 miles per hour, at State Route 12.
A Yakima trooper with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) noticed a group of vehicles known for street racing driving in Yakima, Friday night.
The trooper followed the group and informed other troopers of the vehicles. Additional troopers were ready to respond as the group approached State Route 12, according to authorities.
Reports said 11 illegal racers reached speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour on SR 12-- a 60 mph zone.
The racers then attempted to block the westbound lanes so the two cars in the lead could race each other, but troopers stopped the two vehicles while additional troopers blocked the road to arrest the other drivers involved.
Troopers arrested two of the racing drivers around 11:25 p.m. and took them to Yakima County Jail on reckless driving charges.
The remaining nine drivers were issued a ticket for speeding.
The racer cars were also impounded, according to reports.
WSP officials said no one was injured in this incident.
Troopers want to remind folks they could receive up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000 and a possible license suspension for racing, as it is considered a gross misdemeanor.
Troopers say street racing not only puts the racer's life in danger, but also the lives of those traveling in the area.