Possible Md. drag race broken up
Prince George’s County police on Wednesday night stopped what appeared to be a major drag race before it could begin, blocking in a crowd of about 200 vehicles just south of Oxon Hill and issuing a bevy of citations and repair orders, authorities announced Friday.
Officers with the department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, on special patrol leading up to the holiday weekend, spotted the crowd at about 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Livingston Road, authorities said.
The site is just north of the location where an apparent drag race sparked a crash that killed eight spectators in 2008. The man whose car plowed into the crowd pleaded guilty to eight counts of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison; jurors deadlocked on the most serious charges at the trial for the man he was accused of racing.
Prince George’s County Deputy Chief Michael Blow said the Wednesday race never had a chance to get going. He said officers spotted the crowd and quickly moved to block exits, issuing citations and repair orders as spectators and racers left. In total, police made 90 traffic stops, issued more than 150 citations and 25 safety equipment repair orders and impounded four vehicles, authorities said. No one was arrested.
Blow said he has seen a slight decrease in the number of drag races in Prince George’s County since the Accokeek incident, but the area along Indian Head Highway is still a “frequent hot spot.”
He said he hopes Wednesday’s bust sends the “very strong message” that police are “not going to tolerate irresponsible driving. Those days are over.”
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