Vehicles were seized and charges have reportedly been filed in connection to a street racing ring in Catawba County. According to multiple published reports, at least five vehicles were seized Sunday evening (July 16) and drivers were charged with pre-arranged street racing. No names have been released.
The published reports say that the North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that a group of people were blocking traffic to race along Highway 321 around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Newton. Authorities say the individuals were creating hazardous conditions for other drivers and reports say they nearly caused several wrecks.
The highway was shut down near Exit 37 to stop the street racing. According to the published reports, five BMWs were racing and those five vehicles were seized. Two of the vehicles that were involved in the street racing managed to escape troopers.
The vehicles were reportedly racing at speeds over 100 mph. None of them were registered in North Carolina. An SUV was also on the scene for the purpose of filming the race, video footage has reportedly been seized. The published reports say if the drivers are found guilty they will have their licenses suspended for three years.