From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham police are cracking down on street racing.
According to Sergeant Rodarius Mauldin, the Birmingham Police Department conducted a street racing operation on Saturday night, resulting in one arrest and 28 citations. Mauldin says a coordinated operation, which consisted of tactical officers, detectives, patrol officers, task force officers and Star One air support, played out in two Birmingham locations Saturday night.
Officers responded to both George Ward Park and Sloss Furnace where authorities believe large groups of street racers and spectators have gathered in the past. During the operation, BPD recovered a firearm and a Corvette stolen out of Georgia. The suspect was arrested for receiving stolen property, violation of state firearms act, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.
“Illegal street racing has been an ongoing issue local and nationally,” said Mauldin in a news release. “Illegal street racing has proved to be deadly for participants and puts community members in grave danger. This has caused a growing concern due to street racing occurring in multiple locations throughout the city of Birmingham.”
Authorities encourage community members to report all instances of street racing and all criminal activity, as Birmingham police continue to combat illegal street racing.