Four guns were also seized.
It all started at a Sam's Club parking lot last Saturday night when 88 street racers gathered before the very illegal activity got underway. Little did they know the authorities were already watching. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, the Clayton County Sheriff's Office successfully completed this massive bust with no one getting injured despite confiscating four firearms. They were well prepared for the action.
The Sheriff's COBRA Unit (sort of the equivalent of a special ops team), Blackhawk Unit, and Tactical Patrol arrived on the scene likely thanks to good intelligence. It's also possible someone driving by called 911 after noticing a large number of definitely not Sam's Club shoppers hanging out. Something was about to go down.
Authorities arrived before any racing began and at least 50 vehicles were towed away. Deputies and police officers went from car to car to question each suspect before arresting them all, including 16 juveniles. Their parents were called to come pick them up at the station where they were also issued tickets for what their kids did.
One of the street racers, later identified as Eric Gallegos, was driving a Dodge Charger Hellcat but managed to speed away when the massive bust began, though not before his car's bumper got knocked off in a police-executed pit maneuver. Gallegos was given until sundown to surrender. All 88 suspects are now locked up at Georgia's toughest para-military jail commonly known as the "The-Hill-ton."
Street racing has been an ongoing problem in the Atlanta, Georgia area for quite some time, and Clayton County has a no-tolerance policy. You get caught, you're hauled off to jail immediately. Last spring, Atlanta city officials were considering an idea that would involve specially designated areas for street racing and other driving stunts like donuts and burnouts. Other cities with illegal street racing problems, including Detroit, are also pondering this idea. San Jose, California has adopted harsh measures as well.
The governor of Georgia, late last month, introduced new legislation to combat street racing targeting not only drivers but also event organizers. The proposed penalties are harsh. First offenders will see their driver's license suspended for one year, increasing to three years for the second offense. The license will be revoked entirely if someone is dumb enough to try for a third time.