By: Monica Rix, FLBikers.com
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating street racing along U.S. 27.
According to reports, a gang of motorcycle riders have been racing at high speeds along the highway, weaving in and out of traffic and forcing other drivers to pull over to avoid crashes. Racing has apparently been a problem since July.
Just this past weekend, deputies rolled up to about 50 bikers who were involved in these races, but most escaped. Investigators say many headed towards Broward County.
Deputies nabbed Ian DeJesus, 42, after they say his bike wouldn’t start. The motorcyclist claims he didn’t know any of the other bikers and wouldn’t admit to drag racing.
Investigators caught him on dash cam hitting speeds of more than 100 mph.
DeJesus’ arrest report says motorcyclists start at one mile marker and race to another. They also block off the road while the others race. The two motorcycles blocking the road then speed up to catch up with the group ahead.
“There’s pretty much always been an issue with motorcycles, but they don’t specifically go to one spot,” said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Wysocky.
Now, investigators have formed a task force in the area. They’re saturating well-known race spots, hoping to make more arrests and stop the dangerous activity.
DeJesus has been charged with racing on a highway, reckless driving and not having a motorcycle endorsement on his license.
He’s since been released from the Palm Beach County Jail.