California Highway Patrol Newhall area officers arrested two and impounded two cars Sunday as part of a 3-month undercover investigation into a Santa Clarita Valley car club.
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CHP officers worked with the Alcohol Beverage Control and the U.S. Forestry Service shutting down what officers identified on social media as an alleged illegal car club called Realrunners.
Armen Laloyan, 37, of Hesperia, and a juvenile, were both cited and released Sunday. The juvenile was released to his parents.
Both were charged with a violation of the section of vehicle code known as “Speed Contests.” It states: “A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle exhibition of speed on a highway, and a person shall not aid or abet in a motor vehicle exhibition of speed on any highway.”
A plain-clothed officers from the CHP’s Investigative Services Unit and the ABC reported Sunday members of the club were “performing burnouts and blocking the roadway” on Bouquet Canyon Road in front of Big Oaks Lodge.
Uniformed officers from the Newhall area office and the Forestry Service responded and picked “the most egregious offenders,” officials said.
The investigation was conducted in response to numerous complaints of reckless driving near Big Oaks Lodge on the 33100 block of Bouquet Canyon Road, officials said in a statement.
In addition to the two arrests made Sunday, several other members of the Realrunners club were identified by CHP officials on scene and will be charged for previously committed violations, according to officials.
That was the targeted area for the operation.
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Source: Santa Clarita News