State Patrol reports multiple agency racer emphasis successful

Crackdown in South King County over Labor Day weekend

Forty-two officers and troopers were part of a multiple law enforcement agency crackdown on illegal street racing over Labor Day weekend in South King County.

The emphasis took place to address the ongoing issue of vehicle’s congregating to illegally block roadways and street race among other things, according to a Sept. 10 Washington State Patrol press release.

The emphasis activity included:

• Three pursuits

• Two occupied stolen vehicles (both suspects apprehended)

• At least eight reckless driving arrests (WSP alone with additional by other agencies involved)

• An attempt to block SR 167 by approximately 100 vehicles which was dispersed in minutes

In addition to the activity above, multiple attempts to gather and block city streets and parking lots in several cities were dispersed quickly by agencies involved.

This type of activity creates dangerous conditions for the public whether it occurs on city streets, parking lots or the freeway system, according to the State Patrol. The State Patrol noted the outstanding efforts of all the allied agencies made it possible for no tragedies to occur over the weekend.

The participating agencies included Washington State Patrol Troopers and Aviation Section and the police departments from Federal Way, Algona, Auburn, Kent, Renton, Tukwila, Des Moines and Seattle.