Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a street racing initiative this past weekend in west Harris County, resulting in the arrest of seven individuals; six others were issued traffic citations.
The operation, which was held around the area of I-10 West and SH-99, was in response to citizen complaints and known criminal activity by HCSO deputies.
Alvaro Espinosa, 18; Bryan Javier Alvarez, 23; Richardo Ricart, 24; Ronald Parham, 17; Joshua Clendennen, 25; Dominic Olah, 19; and Jose Navarro, 29.
Six other drivers were issued citations for various other traffic offenses. Street racing is a class B misdemeanor, with maximum punishment of a $2,000 fine, 180 days in jail and driver’s license suspension. Repeat offenders can be charged with a second degree felony, which could result in up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In street racing, passengers can be punished as severely as the driver. Spectators can also be fined. The crime also becomes a felony if the street racing results in serious bodily injury or death.