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More racers reported on Bouquet Canyon Road

CHP called to same area where reckless driving arrests were made last week

Posted: June 9, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 9, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Less than a week after a joint forces crackdown on reckless driving reported on Bouquet Canyon Road, officers of the California Highway Patrol officers were called to the same area for similar reports of reckless driving, a CHP officer said.

Shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday, a CHP officer checked a stretch of Bouquet Canyon Road between Texas Canyon Road and the Big Oaks Lodge for reports of 10 to 15 “high performance” cars including Lamborghinis driving at a high rate of speed, CHP Officer A. Mendoza said Sunday.

“An officer went out there but didn’t find any violators,” he said.

Joi Morrice, who works at the Big Oaks Lodge on Bouquet, said she spotted at least 10 Lamborghinis near the intersection of Spunky Canyon Road and San Francisquito Road at about 5 p.m. Sunday but not near the lodge.

Morrice said she was compelled last week to tell members of the Realrunners car club not to come back to the lodge.

“We’re a family restaurant. These are not our normal clientele,” she said, referring to car club members. “I ended up shouting at them in the middle of the street and I told them ‘You guys are all done here. I don’t want to see you back here.”

On June 1, a joint forces crackdown on Bouquet Canyon Road reckless drivers led to the arrest of two men identified as members of an illegal racing club, CHP Officer John Lutz said in a news release issued June 2.

CHP officers, together with Alcoholic Beverage Control and U.S. Forest Service officers, carried out an operation focusing on reckless driving in the vicinity of Big Oaks Lodge on Bouquet Canyon Road.

Plain-clothed personnel from CHP’s Investigative Services Unit and Alcoholic Beverage Control observed Realrunners members performing “burnouts” — that is, spinning their tires on the road — and blocking the roadway on Bouquet Canyon Road in front of Big Oaks Lodge, Lutz said.

“It was a complete and total surprise to us,” Morrice said about the June 1 crackdown. “They (joint forces members) showed me their badges, closed the road and impounded a couple of cars.”


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