Texas: Three youths arrested for illegal car races

Brian Patiño, Kelvin Hernández and Jonathan Hernández were arrested for illegal car races “Illegal auto racing … can be deadl...

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  • Brian Patiño, Kelvin Hernández and Jonathan Hernández were arrested for illegal car races
  • “Illegal auto racing … can be deadly,” said Major Mike Lee of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
  • The three young men are accused of blocking the streets of the city to race their cars before a crowd

Brian Patiño, Kelvin Hernández and Jonathan Hernández were arrested in Houston, Texas, accused of starring in illegal races.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) said the three boys are charged with closing a street to engage in illegal racing and other speeding maneuvers.

On Sunday, September 27, according to the arrest warrant, the three boys were stopped by HCSO agents as they were the drivers of their Mustang cars, who were running at full speed in front of an angry crowd.

According to the legal documents of the case, consulted by MundoHispánico, a group of dismayed neighbors called the emergency number to report the riot of speeding cars.

At 5:45 in the afternoon, residents reported to authorities that at the intersection of Telge Road and Bonnyview Road, in the Copperfield neighborhood in the northwest of the Houston metropolitan area, several young people had the street closed.

Neighbors told authorities that dozens of boys, perhaps a hundred, were holding drag races and other maneuvers to test their driving skills.

According to testimonies, the boys were putting the rest of the population in the neighborhood at risk, speeding in an area where the maximum speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

The HCSO agents stated in the case report that the boys “blocked traffic on both streets in drag runs and high-speed maneuvers” in front of the crowd.

Then the HCSO sent several agents, without turning on the emergency lights or the sirens, from different points to close the streets to the runners, almost all in Ford Mustang cars.

Brian Patiño, Kelvin Hernández and Jonathan Hernández (PHOTOS Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

As the officers approached the meeting point, some boys noticed the police presence and threw stones and other objects at the patrols, breaking several windows.

Other young people in their cars at full speed managed to escape from the neighborhood. However, three of the runners were stopped when the streets were blocked by the police.

Young hispanic Brian Patiño, 20 years old; Kelvin Hernández, 21 years old, and Jonathan Hernández, 20 years old, the latter two with no family relationship to each other, were arrested on charges of the serious crime of blocking roads.

The three boys were taken to the Harris County Jail pending their first hearing, in a crime the Texas State Penal Code considered serious. The three Ford Mustang cars the boys were driving were seized by authorities.

Authorities arrived at the Ford Mustang car race just as several boys were cheering on drivers to speed up their cars.

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Major Mike Lee, HCSO Chief of Patrol, explained that not only is street racing “illegal, because it blocks the streets, it can also be deadly. Innocent citizens, spectators and even runners have already been killed or (resulted) seriously injured by those activities.

According to the authorities, many of these illegal races are difficult to predict and stop because the boys communicate in groups of social networks based on the cars of their preference and through messages, they agree on the meeting points to put in competition their cars.

Mortal victim

The most recent fatality in one of those races was a Hispanic, according to Harris County criminal records consulted by MundoHispánico In Houston.

At 6:44 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, Fidel Juárez, 36, was driving down Cutten Road almost reaching Belgold Road in his Ford F-150 pickup, very close to Willowbrok Mall, in the north of the Greater Houston area.

Neighbors reported that the boys had closed the street to make their competition and were putting all residents of the area at risk.

Filed Under: Illegal Racing

Suddenly, in the opposite direction, Juarez saw two Dodge Charger cars coming at full speed, mixing themselves with the other vehicles that tried to avoid them.

Forensic expert reports revealed that the cars were traveling at least 80 miles per hour, in a zone marked with a maximum of 40 miles per hour.

Juárez tried to dodge the cars, but lost control of his truck that fell into a canal and died from the injuries he sustained on impact.

One of the Dodge Chargers also collided with the Juarez truck that was rolling down the street. The second car fled the scene at full speed.

Jarrod Mikel, 30, was left inside his overturned Dodge Charger, but unharmed. The man was charged with negligent homicide while starring in a street car race.

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