June 30, 2021
King’s County: Just after 8 a.m. on Friday June 25and, 2021 members of the Regional Street Racing Task Force have arrested a 24-year-old Kenmore man for his alleged involvement in organizing multiple racing/takeover events in King and Snohomish County. This is the third such organizer to be arrested and imprisoned since the Street Racing Task Force was established in March 2021. Since its inception, the Street Racing Task Force has forwarded and/or found the probable cause of nearly 400 separate crimes on multiple suspects associated with street racing and takeovers in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. These crimes include felony charges as well as multiple misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and malicious mischief.
The street racing and sideshow scene has grown in popularity across the country in recent years. As popularity grew, so did the frequency and danger of these events occurring in our region. Due to this reckless and dangerous behavior, several people were seriously injured and/or killed while participating in or witnessing these events. This does not include the countless number of innocent citizens who are negatively impacted by noise, road closures, and direct intimidation or danger from people who attend these racing events. The task force has worked diligently over the past four months to organize races organizers, attendeesand attendees responsible for these investigative efforts.
The arrests and charges are the direct result of partnerships between multiple law enforcement agencies and prosecutors who have come together to focus on stopping this public safety issue. WSP District 2 Captain Mead has previously said the racing problem “is a regional problem that is beyond the ability of any single law enforcement agency to solve it alone. By working together, we hope to put an end to these dangerous and illegal behaviors which pose significant risks to those involved, bystanders and uninvolved motorists. We all hope that the concerted efforts and partnerships with law enforcement and prosecutors will continue to see positive effects in ending the run and takeover events that negatively impact our region and our citizens.