Philadelphia authorities have tracked down, pulled over, and impounded a green Dodge Charger after footage from a car dealership showed the vehicle on fire. So the police are trying to stop drifting and other dangerous tricks on city roads.
The video analyzed by the police officers showed footage from a car rally that took place last weekend. A 2019 Dodge Charger was spotted running errands at Broad Street and Washington Avenue in Philadelphia. Dozens of people stopped by to watch, which snarled traffic in the area. Because of the crowd, other motorists had to wait for irresponsible drivers to finish their performances.
The car was seized Tuesday in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, at an apartment building. The Philadelphia Police Department shared photos of the car being pulled over on Twitter/now X. The police officers reviewed photos captured at car rallies over the past few months. To track it down, Philadelphia Police teamed up with officers from New Jersey and Mount Laurel. The police also knocked on the door at the place where the car is registered, but no one seemed to be home.
Twenty-four hours later, authorities shared photos of another vehicle seized from Royersford, Montgomery County. Police are looking for a third car that made a dangerous maneuver at an illegal car rally.
Captain Jason Smith, chief of the Philadelphia Police Department’s criminal division, says that he had seen Dodge doing donuts with his eyes at the intersection of Frankford and Cotton avenues in Northeast. “Basically it was getting out of control,Smith said.
Philadelphia police are now trying to track down more vehicles that were involved in the illegal car rally. They will suffer the same fate as Dodge: they will be towed and imprisoned. Authorities are holding them as evidence in criminal investigations. Captain Smith claims it could take up to six months, a year, or even longer. He and his team are now trying to determine if the owner of the car or someone else was doing arson in the city of Philly.
When the investigation is complete, the two vehicles will be taken to a checkpoint near the airport in South Philadelphia. The owner of each vehicle will have to pay a $175 towing and storage fee, which means $25 for the first five days and $30 for each day after that. If no one claims the car within 30 days of its arrival, the police can send a recovery warrant, and the car can be sold at auction.
On September 13, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill that gives police the authority to issue violations to drivers who are caught hovering or running lights, blocking intersections, or playing loud music. Fines range from $300 to $2,000.
Our doctors. they are working on evidence from several illegal car encounters that took place last weekend. This car was towed from a shelter in NJ, and there is more work ahead. This type of activity is illegal and dangerous; and we will continue to hold participants accountable! pic.twitter.com/QthyaMdM2z
— Philadelphia Police Department (@PhillyPolice) September 19, 2023
Another car from Saturday’s illegal car meets has met our tow truck. This was taken in Royersford PA, and will remain at our pound for the time being. This behavior is illegal, dangerous, and will not be tolerated. More to come. pic.twitter.com/8ISCfIAHvX
— Philadelphia Police Department (@PhillyPolice) September 20, 2023