Street racing sideshow crackdown nets 78 impounds, several Speed Racer wannabe arrests
Update #2 Fri Oct 25 Several arrests were made and 78 cars were towed last weekend after a special task force comprised of local deputies and Highway Patrol officers descended on a location popular with street racers in the City of Industry in the latest effort targeting street takeovers last weekend. The vehicles were impounded for 30 days.
Deputies from the La Mirada Special Assignment Team participated in the multi-agency task force crackdown that began late Friday night and extended into early morning Saturday in the area of 6th Av and Proctor Av in a mostly deserted industrial area south of Valley Blvd.
Most of the vehicles impounded belonged to spectators according to a statement from the CHP Street Racing Task Force. This appears to be one of the largest such crackdowns to date since the task force was formed in September 2018.
Each night the task force will be deployed, they select a hot spot and are often supplemented by officers from the targeted area to assist with the crackdown.
La Mirada has been plagued by frequent intersection takeovers for more than a year with the intersection of Valley View Av and Alondra Bl being a favorite destination.
In recent months the Desman Rd/ Trojan Way area south of Alondra Bl. has also been the site of street racers looking for a slightly more discrete venue for their impromptu shows of dueling drivers doing endless donuts as hundreds of fans look on.
It's not unusual for the dueling drivers to collide. Weapons and stolen vehicles are also recovered regularly at takeovers.
Last summer, on July 7th tempers nearly boiled over into violence when street racers and their fans swooped down on the city and held eight consecutive takeovers at five intersections over several hours.
The roaming caravans are used to taking a little flack from other motorists caught up in the gridlock and forced to wait for the show to disperse but this one night La Mirada's three patrol units were unavailable for an extended period of time and it was also busy in Norwalk and South Whittier allowing the racing enthusiasts to move about the city from place to place with at best a single deputy and a sergeant trying to recover from close to an hour of unchecked lawlessness.
By 1:30 a.m. that morning, multiple reports on social media of people stranded in their cars at takeover seven at Imperial Hwy and La Mirada Bl began reporting some of their cars were getting kicked while other fired illegal fireworks at them stopped in traffic and a short time later at Valley View Av and Imperial Hwy add to it reports of cars being walked or stood upon. Fortunately, by that time Norwalk Station was able to assemble a larger response and finally put an end to the chaos.
It remains to be seen if regular crackdowns like last weekends will serve as a deterrent down the road, but word is sure to get out about 78 impounds in one place and we can only hope if common sense doesn't speak to them, their wallet and bus pass will.
CHP gets $1.5 million to tackle aggressive speeders, street racing
LASD and CHP ask for the Public's Help to Locate Second Suspect in Triple-Fatal, Multi-Vehicle Crash that occurred on 02/27/16 on the southbound 5 freeway https://www.facebook.com/SantaClaritaValleySheriffsStation/photos/a.532579366769264/1320026801357846/?type=1&theater
Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake of the Target Crimes Division prosecuted the case. la da
Courageous Citizen Award honorees Alejandro Delgadillo Aguirre, Amy Harder and Modesto De Pablo are congratulated by District Attorney Jackie Lacey, Deputy District Attorneys Elena Abramson and Michael Blake and Head Deputy Richard Doyle. http://da.lacounty.gov/about/inside-LADA/three-courageous-citizens-recognized
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March 1, 2016
Driver Suspected in Fatal Street Race Charged with Murder A Whittier man suspected of racing with another driver on the I-5 Freeway and causing a fiery multi-vehicle crash that killed three people was charged today with second-degree murder and other counts, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Dealio Lockhart (dob 6/25/80) is scheduled to be arraigned late this afternoon in Department 30 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in case BA444552. Prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $3.2 million. Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake with the Target Crimes Division is prosecuting the case. Lockhart is suspected of racing his Dodge Challenger with another driver shortly after midnight Saturday near downtown Los Angeles. One of the vehicles lost control, causing a UPS truck to go airborne and land over the center median. Killed were Brian Lewandowski, 18, the son of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detective, and Michelle Littlefield, 19, both passengers in a Nissan that had its top sheared off by the UPS truck. The UPS driver, Scott Treadway, 52, also was killed.
In addition to the three fatalities, four others were seriously injured. Two males in the Nissan were injured and remain in critical condition. A man and a woman who were in separate cars also were injured. Lockhart is charged with three counts of second-degree murder and four counts of reckless driving on a highway causing a specified injury. If convicted, Lockhart faces up to life in state prison. The case remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. N E W S R E L E A S E # # # About the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey leads the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Her staff of nearly 1,000 attorneys, 300 investigators and 800 support staff members is dedicated to protecting our community through the fair and ethical pursuit of justice and the safeguarding of crime victims’ rights.
April 21: The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is on the hunt for one of the drivers connected to a horrifying street-race accident that claimed the lives of three people. Pat LaLama has the story.
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Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Second Suspect Responsible for City of Commerce Triple-Fatal Traffic Collision; $36,000 Reward Offered
Saturday, February 27, 2016, was a day in which the dynamics of numerous families were changed forever. As their loved ones traveled for pleasure and work on Interstate Highway 5, they were unaware of two vehicles negligently competing on the same stretch of highway in an illegal street race.
As the two competing drivers raced southbound on Interstate Highway 5 at a high rate of speed, Suspect Vehicle #1 attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle ahead of him and lost control. Suspect Vehicle #1 struck a United Parcel Service commercial tractor hauling a package-laden, 52’ trailer driven by Victim Richard Scott Treadway. Victim Treadway lost control of the vehicle, crossed all southbound lanes of traffic and was forced into the northbound lanes of Interstate Highway 5.
The delivery truck bursting into traverse traffic caused a chain reaction collision on the northbound side involving several additional vehicles. The delivery truck impacted several northbound vehicles, one of which was a 2014 Nissan Sentra carrying amusement park coworkers and friends, Victim Michelle Littlefield and Victim Brian Lewandowski.
The delivery truck overturned and rested across several northbound and southbound lanes. It caught fire and burned with Victim Richard Scott Treadway still inside.
Victims Richard Scott Treadway, Michelle Littlefield and Brian Lewandowski were all pronounced dead at the scene.
Victims Anthony Miramontes, Alfonso Murillo, Thomas Won, and Nicole Ruiz suffered injuries ranging from moderate to major.
The collision site was littered with broken and burning vehicles, twisted metal and pieces of vehicles for hundreds of feet on both sides of the highway. Traffic was impacted for hours as first responders helped the victims, and detectives inventoried the site in detail.
Suspect #1 was identified as Dealio Lockhart, a 35-year-old resident of Whittier. It was determined he drove one of the vehicles involved in the illegal street race, which was a 2012 Dodge Challenger. Suspect Lockhart was detained at the scene then transported to the Inmate Reception Center, where he was booked for the charge of Murder. He is being held in lieu of $6.2 million bail.
The driver of Suspect Vehicle #2 did not stop to render assistance to the victims. Instead, the vehicle was last seen driving southbound on Interstate Highway 5 from the scene of the collision.
Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives and California Highway Patrol investigators are asking the public for any available information about Suspect #2. The vehicle is described as a late-model black or dark blue Dodge Charger with tinted windows.
A $35,000 reward is being offered, in exchange for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of Suspect #2 for the injuries of Victims Anthony Miramontes, Alfonso Murillo, Thomas Won, and Nicole Ruiz; and the murders of Victims Richard Scott Treadway, Michelle Littlefield and Brian Lewandowski. The reward money is comprised of offers from the following:
· $10,000 from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
· $5,000 from Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
· $10,000 from the United Parcel Service
· $10,000 from Teamsters Local 396
Crime Stoppers is also offering a $1,000 reward, in exchange for information leading to the apprehension of Suspect #2.
If you have information about the second suspect or the unidentified Dodge Charger, please call East Los Angeles California Highway Patrol Investigator Frank Fonseca at 323-890-4600 or 800-TELL-CHP (800-835-5247); or Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau Detectives Marc Boskovich and Louie Aguilera at 323-890-5500.
If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://
For more information please contact Public Information Officer Nicole Nishida at (323) 810-1973 or Sheriff’s Information Bureau at (213) 229-1700.