ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Alexandria Police Department made an arrest in connection with a high-speed vehicle race this weekend on I-495.
On Saturday, February 27, 2021, around 11:15pm, an alert APD supervisor on patrol in Old Town, observed and heard several vehicles with loud exhaust systems accelerating and slowing on I-495.
The road racing has become an epidemic itself and Alexandrians have been complaining over the last few months for some action.
“Drag racing enthusiasts are taking advantage of the pandemic to hold nightly races back and forth over the Woodrow Wilson bridge from Maryland down to the Telegraph Road exist in Alexandria and back,” wrote Vineeta Anand on November 15, 2020 in a popular Alexandria Facebook group called Bringing Back Integrity in Alexandria.
Other comments followed along with some doomsday messaging that the police were trying but just couldn’t catch them.
Until Saturday night when Sergeant Ryan Waple positioned himself to observe 3-4 vehicles traveling in a group, readying themselves to race at Telegraph Road and I-45.
The drivers of two vehicles, including a silver Mustang GT, then revved their engines and accelerated. Sergeant Waple followed as the vehicles reached speeds of 105MPH. At that point, he activated his emergency equipment and successfully stopped and apprehended the driver of the Mustang GT.
Mr. Edgar Lovos Granados was charged with Racing (46.2-865) and Reckless Driving by Speed (46.2-862). The Mustang GT was impounded by the Police department.
“This type of behavior is dangerous to anyone these drivers are sharing the road with and will not be tolerated,” said Chief Michael L. Brown. “We want to commend Sergeant Waple for his effort to stop this reckless behavior.”
APD has worked in coordination with Virginia State Police to address the speeding and racing issues with numerous speed education and enforcement efforts. We recognize we still have more work to do to stop this dangerous behavior.
“The Police department also understands the community’s concerns and frustrations with the loud noise caused by altered vehicle exhaust systems. However, under Virginia House Bill 5058 and Senate Bill 5029, law enforcement officers are now prevented from initiating traffic stops for a variety of offenses, including vehicles with altered exhaust systems,” says the APD in the press release.
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