Authorities said that officers from multiple agencies over the weekend cracked down on a group of street racers who they said were causing problems for residents in the Wells Branch area in northern Travis County.
The Travis County sheriff’s office said on Monday it had arrested 15 people on charges of reckless driving and issued 25 traffic citations for a group of “car enthusiasts” that had been gathering in a parking lot on the corner of Wells Branch Parkway and MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) for several months.
According to the sheriff’s office, a band of people would fill the parking lot at night and into the early morning to race cars as pedestrians stood dangerously close by. Drivers also took to surrounding roads to engage in illegal street races, authorities said.
Some even posted videos on YouTube, bragging that “law enforcement couldn’t touch them,” the sheriff’s office said.
Because the races spanned multiple jurisdictions, sheriff’s officials employed the help of several agencies, including the Austin, Pflugerville and Round Rock police departments, the Williamson County sheriff’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety, for the Saturday night sting operation.
More than 100 officers cleared the parking lot, arrested drivers and issued traffic citations, the sheriff’s office said.