Denver Police Department Update on Illegal Street Racing in Lowry
Lowry neighbors reached out to the Denver Police Department to report a very large illegal street race that came from 6th Ave (Colorado Blvd) east into Lowry and then onto Lowry Boulevard at the Lowry Sports Park / Denver Hospice area heading east on Lowry Blvd to Dayton. The gathering involved hundreds of vehicles and spectators, which blocked Lowry Blvd to thru-traffic in the early morning hours on Sunday, April 11th.
This is not the first time that illegal street racing has occurred in Lowry. Denver Police Department Lowry Community Resource Officer, Matthew Grimsley, is asking the community to report illegal street racing:
"There are a couple of ways for citizens to report street racing. Citizens can call the Denver Police non-emergency number of 720-913-2000 or 911. I know that most of the callers will be just reporting hearing the racers, but by learning the location of the groups. We can move the officers assigned to street racing to these areas. In District 3, we have been assigning officers to specifically deal with the calls about the racers. These officers will answer calls in District 3, and they will also work with officers from the other districts to keep the groups moving and preventing them from finding a location to meet.
There is also a website that is monitored by the Colorado State Patrol. This is a joint effort between numerous law enforcement agencies and partners.
You can report racing through this website www.ReportStreetRacing.com will help alleviate issues with trying to figure out who to call. These groups often travel through multiple jurisdictions but reporting here is a one-stop shop.
Officers were dispatched to the racers in Lowry, One citation was issued and 2 eluding reports were taken. Officers will attempt to stop the cars committing violations. If the cars don’t stop, Denver officers are not allowed to chase them for traffic violations.
If the officers is able to get a plate number, then they will complete an eluding report, which will be followed up on by a traffic detective.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Matthew Grimsley | Community Resource Officer
Denver Police Department | City and County of Denver
p: (720) 913.1300 p: (720) 913.1218
Lieutenant Eranda S. Piyasena also responded to Lowry neighbors' concerns with the following information about Denver Police Department District 3's efforts to address illegal street racing, which will include adding high-visibility police patrols in Lowry:
"Thank you for reaching out to us. We take illegal street racing seriously and I am sorry that members of the neighborhood had to endure the events of last night. The Denver Police Department has been addressing the street racing issue citywide since the beginning of the year and have recently seen an increase of incidents as the weather has improved.
Several officers have been assigned to address large racing groups through enforcement of city ordinances and state statutes. Additionally, Chief Pazen has directed collaboration with the City Attorney’s Office to address the promoters/sponsors illegal street racing through available options
On 4/11/21, Denver 911 began receiving calls about street racing in the Lowry area at approximately 2:58 A.M. Officers responded and began making contact with vehicles at approximately 3:06 A.M. As multiple officers responded, vehicles began leaving the area, some, very recklessly. Officers attempted to make traffic stops and had many of the vehicles elude officers (fail to stop). At this point, officers worked on clearing the area while trying to obtain vehicle license plates for further investigation and prosecution.
Over the past few months, our officers have been successful in following the movements of groups as they post their locations. This communication is often done on many different social media platforms. As officers are able to access the posts, they respond to the locations and prevent large build-ups of racers. However, with our success, the groups have changed their communication and use methods that prevent law enforcement from learning their movements. This is a challenge for us, but can be offset by residents calling in groups as they gather early on, or providing locations of street racing.
We often conduct high visibility patrols in locations they are known to frequent, and the Lowry area has been added to that list.
Additionally, the following steps are being taken or already in process.
Vehicles that have been identified committing speed contests or eluding officers are being forwarded to the Denver Police Department Traffic Investigations Unit, and the Public Nuisance Abatement Unit
Utilizing traffic cameras to review and locate any suspect vehicles
High Visibility patrols and traffic enforcement
Identifying the group that coordinated or encouraged the actions on 4/11
Working with other districts and metro agencies to address illegal street racing
Please know that we are active in the enforcement of street racing and take this incident seriously. There are many dynamics involved with racing, and I am more than willing to have further discussions with you or answer any questions you may have.
I can be reached at 720-913-1152 or by email at email@example.com.
Lt. Eranda S. Piyasena
Eranda Piyasena | Lieutenant
Denver Police | District 3 | City and County of Denver
Main | 720-913-1152