Police conduct law enforcement operation targeting illegal street racing, car encounters, make four arrests and recover firearms and stolen vehicle

On Friday, December 17, 2021, the Prince George’s County Police Department, along with several partner agencies, conducted a joint operation to address growing community concerns about illegal street racing and car encounters. Partner agencies included the Maryland State Police, Montgomery County Police, Laurel City Police, and the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

During the operation, officers observed illegal street racing and car encounters in several areas of Prince George’s County, including Landover, Landover Hills, Beltsville and Upper Marlboro.

Here is a breakdown of the results of the joint operation:

  • 4 arrests
  • recovered firearms
  • 2 replica firearms recovered
  • 123 roadside checks carried out
  • 169 traffic tickets issued – including reckless driving
  • 64 safety equipment repair orders issued
  • 17 vehicles seized

Of the four people arrested, one was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, two for firearms charges and one arrest was drug-related.

“This is not a one-time operation. The Prince George’s County Police Department and the agencies involved in this operation take the issue of street racing and auto encounters seriously. Our priority is to ensure that the roads are safe and that the laws are obeyed. We will continue to dedicate assets whenever we become aware of this illegal behavior,” said Deputy Chief Chris Price of the Bureau of Homeland Security & Intelligence.

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