Police said the incident was connected to a large gathering at a nearby parking lot where people drive recklessly, “doing their spinouts and burnouts,” the constable said, according to ABC 13.
“People line up on the side, and they watch them. It’s a kind of entertainment for them, but they don’t realize the danger involved. These aren’t professional drivers; they can lose control and kill someone. It’s happened before,” he said.
Store owners are complaining about the weekly meetups, which leave broken beer bottles and trash in their lot and force customers away.
“Maintenance comes once a month, but this happens every week. We are the ones who have to clean it up,” one employee told ABC 13. “Every morning in front of our spot, we clean about 20 to 30 beer bottles.”
A new law — which went into effect on September 1 — allows police to impound vehicles associated with street racing.
“We aren’t playing. We will seize their vehicles, we will take them to jail, we will write tickets, tow cars, and I promise you, we will do it again,” Constable Garcia said.