Sacto 9-1-1
January 22, 2011
Alleged Sacramento street racing event broken up by police

By Carlos Alcalá

More than 40 cars and about 80 people were involved in a possible street racing event broken up by Sacramento police around 11 p.m. Friday.

Responding to previous complaints by businesses, a CHP helicopter spotted cars "drifting" and spinning out in the area of 23rd Avenue and Warehouse Way, an industrial area off Florin Perkins Road.

Drifting is a racing practice involving oversteering intentionally to make rear wheels lose traction.

Numerous police units went to the area on the city's eastern edge, south of Jackson Road, and detained cars, drivers and passengers.

Officers issued 18 citations, impounded two vehicles and arrested one person on warrants.

Such stops are not common, said Sgt. Norm Leong, but may be carried out on the basis of complaints.

Call The Bee's Carlos Alcalá, (916) 321-1987.

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