Street Racing Leads to Crash & Two Arrests - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/4/07

Street Racing Leads to Crash & Two Arrests

Courtesy: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Lubbock Sheriff's Office
Courtesy: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Courtesy: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

The need for speed landed two drivers behind bars overnight.

Lubbock police pulled over Joel Hernandez, 23, near the Auto Zone at 82nd and Boston. They say he and another vehicle nearly doubled the legal speed limit for 82nd Street, which is 45 miles per hour.

The driver of the second vehicle, Henry Ramirez, 19, of Abernathy, fled the scene, speeding north on Elgin. When he came to South Loop 289, Ramirez lost control and crashed. He and a passenger were both injured.

Jailers released Hernandez just before 10:00 a.m. Tuesday. He is charged with drag racing, and faces up to six months in jail.

Ramirez is still in jail, after being checked out at University Medical Center. He is charged with evading arrest, drag racing, and because his passenger was against fleeing police - a charge of deadly conduct. He faces three and a half years in jail.

Lubbock Police say many do not realize that if a driver is pulled over for drag racing, they will automatically go to jail. Lawmakers changed the rules back in 2003, so anyone caught drag racing, in the city or the county, faces up to six months in jail.

"Obviously, if people know that they look at that and think, well I might not stop then," said Lt. Greg Stevens. "However, doing that makes it far worse. Evading arrest in a vehicle is a state jail felony which carries a maximum of 2 years in a state jail."

Lt. Stevens says, the best advice is that racing just isn't worth it.

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