TAMPA — It’s just what police were looking for as they patrolled North Dale Mabry Highway after midnight Tuesday: Motorists taking advantage of the light traffic to race.
Three Tampa drivers were arrested near the highway’s Spruce Street intersection north of Interstate 275 on charges of unlawful racing on a highway, Tampa police said in a news release.
Officers were conducting what police called pro-active traffic enforcement along Dale Mabry at about 12:10 a.m. when they spotted three cars racing southbound at 85 mph in a 45 mph zone. All three vehicles reached speeds faster than 90 mph before police stopped them and made the arrests without incident, the news release said.
The three arrested are Christopher Angel Crawford, 19, driving a 2014 black Nissan Maxima; Danyelle Marie Merrill, 21, driving a 2009 red Pontiac G6; and Miriam Melissa Perez, 24, driving a 2020 black Toyota Carolla.
According to jail records, Crawford works in plumbing, Merrill works at a restaurant near the arrest scene, and Perez works with a pipeline company. All three were booked into jail Wednesday. Crawford was released without bail, Merrill and Perez were released on $500 bail each.
The vehicles were impounded.