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Sunday July 3rd, 2022 6:56PM

Dozens of street racers arrested in Gwinnett Co.

By Jonathan O'Brien Anchor/Reporter

Police are hailing the coordination that aided in the arrest of more than 80 street racers in Gwinnett County over the weekend. 

According to a press release, officers responded to reports of illegal street racing on Peachtree Corners Circle and Spalding Drive. The officers were able to block 26 vehicles and their occupants from escaping successfully. 

"Numerous officers from Lilburn, Norcross, off-duty officers, officers from surrounding patrol districts, and other specialized units responded to assist," the release stated. "Approximately 68 adults were arrested and transported to the Gwinnett Detention Center with assistance from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office using a large transport bus and two smaller van-style transport vehicles." 

Twenty juveniles were taken into custody and released to their parents or guardians a short time later. Officers also recovered five handguns. 

A pizza delivery driver's car was surrounded and damaged in the chaos as well, according to police. 

Cases of illegal street racing are on the rise across metro Atlanta, and the individuals involved often evade capture by fleeing the scene. 

"This exceptional response and coordination amongst numerous agencies achieved incredible results," GPD said in a statement. "These dangerous and reckless activities will not be tolerated. We are committed to keeping the streets of Gwinnett County safe for all residents and visitors." 

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