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Mesquite, TX – Aug. 14, 2020 – This week, Mesquite Police Department (MPD) officers answered a call about a large group of vehicles congregated in the former Minyard Food Store parking lot and driving recklessly. When officers arrived, the vehicles immediately disbursed. One vehicle kept driving recklessly so officers attempted to stop the driver and the suspect vehicle fled.
After a short car chase, the suspect’s vehicle stopped at the intersection of Centerville and IH 635; and the driver was taken into custody by the Mesquite Police Department (MPD). There were no accidents or injuries from the pursuit. MPD encourages the public to report street racing by calling 911.
During the past few months, MPD has received numerous complaints of vehicles racing on Mesquite streets. Street racing threatens the safety of not only those who are racing, but also spectators, other motorists and pedestrians. The speed, and the reckless decisions made by the drivers such as weaving through traffic, running stop signs or disobeying traffic lights, are dangerous. MPD is aggressively addressing this issue and this arrest is an example of their efforts to make Mesquite streets safer.