Rocky Ford Police VS Illegal Street Racers

Description: The Rocky Ford Police Department Released the Following Incident Report Regarding Alleged Street Racing on US Hwy 50...

Published: 07/01/2024
Byline: SECO News

Rocky Ford Police VS Illegal Street Racers

Night out hangin' with your friends - $Free

Ford Mustang GT - $15,000

BMW M3 - $35,000

Street racing in Rocky Ford - $3.24 per gallon

Racing on a public highway in front of the Rocky Ford Police Chief - $Priceless 💰 

About 10pm, 30th June, 2024, Chief McDonagh was patrolling the eastern end of Rocky Ford, when he heard and observed a silver BMW M3 and a black Ford Mustang racing each other, and in the process of exiting the Rocky Ford city limits, heading eastbound on Elm Avenue, continuing onto US50 towards Swink.

Chief McDonagh continued to observe the vehicles as they engaged in a 'speed contest', in violation of Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1105(1)(a), while rounding up additional resources to assist in performing a traffic stop on both offending drivers, at the same time.

Shortly afterwards, the silver BMW made a u-turn and started to head back towards Rocky Ford and was stopped by Chief McDonagh.

The registration details of the Mustang were forwarded to Colorado State Patrol, Otero County Sheriff's Office and La Junta Police Department via police radio (you can't beat Motorola in a race 🏁)

A short time later, the Mustang was stopped by La Junta Police Department, in La Junta. The Otero County Sheriff's Office and Colorado State Patrol (CSP Troop 2C - Lamar/LaJunta) assisted on scene until Chief McDonagh completed paperwork with the driver of the BMW and was able to make his way to La Junta.

The 21 year male old driver of the BMW was issued a summons to attend the Rocky Ford Municipal Court, charged with 'speed contest'.

The 20 year old male driver of the Mustang was issued a summons to attend the Otero County Court for 'speed contest' and driving a motor vehicle while his license was under restraint (suspended).

Engaging in a 'speed contest' is a serious traffic violation in Colorado, carrying a 12 point penalty, and accompanied by a summons to attend court. It can also result in the court immobilizing your vehicle. 

A special thanks to La Junta Police Department, Otero County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado State Patrol for their assistance. Do not under estimate the great partnerships and collaborative work that we all perform, when necessary. We form one huge team with a common goal to maintain public safety.

Take your car to the race track. The City of Rocky Ford is NOT a race track and we won't tolerate it. 

***All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law***

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