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Dozens detained as DPD busts drag racers, drifters near New Center Area

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Posted at 11:06 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 23:06:50-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit police have detained more than 30 people in connection with drag racing and drifting near Grand River and Warren near Detroit's New Center area.

They were called to the scene based on multiple complaints that have come from the area for previous instances.

Police say they set up surveillance and caught a large group of people involved.

Police say 10 vehicles have been impounded and they will start forfeiture proceedings.

Police also issued over 30 tickets to people for violating the governor's social distancing orders. Those tickets are for $1,000.

Officers says a couple people tried to flee the scene, causing a minor injury accident. They were treated at the scene and are expected to face arrest warrants.

Police say they have tried to work with motor sports racers to provide a safe environment for these activities to take place in. However, they will not allow it on city streets.

"We're not going to tolerate it," said DPD Commander Darin Szilagy. "We're going to take your car, you're going to go to jail, and you're going to pay a heavy fine."