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Press Release: Street Racing Arrests
Agency: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Station Area: Thermal
Written Date: July 19, 2019 Time: 12:00 P.M.
Incident Date: July 18, 2019 Time: 11:00 P.M.
Incident Location: Pierce Street X Airport Boulevard, Coachella
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Dan Ponder
File Number(s): C191990043


On July 18, 2019, the Riverside Sheriff’s Department S.T.R.E.E.T. team monitored an event in the city of Indio commonly referred to as a, “Park and Chill.” Information had been received than an organized illegal street racing event was being organized by people in attendance of the, “Park and Chill.” Information of the organized illegal street racing event was confirmed to be taking place in the Coachella area.

Shortly after this information was received, Riverside Sheriff’s dispatch began receiving calls of an organized illegal street race in the unincorporated area of Coachella. Riverside Sheriff’s STAR-9 responded to the area to assist Thermal Station deputies and S.T.R.E.E.T., ultimately locating an organized illegal street race in progress in the area of Pierce St. X Airport Blvd., Coachella. As STAR-9 continued to collect evidence of the crime overhead, deputies arrived on scene as multiple vehicles attempted to flee. Three vehicles were stopped fleeing from the area and the occupants were detained for investigation of participation and or aiding and abetting a speed contest.

As a result of the ensuing investigation seven adults later identified as Carson Moore, 18, La Quinta, Scott Collins, 18, La Quinta, Emilio Garcia, 19, Cathedral City, Abelardo Busto-Delgado, 20, Coachella, Guillermo Busto-Delgado, 20, Coachella, Francisco Barajas, 25, Coachella, and Juan Vela Graciano, 22, Indio, were all arrested for crimes related to illegal speed contest. All seven were booked at the Indio jail, and their vehicles impounded for 30 days. The investigation into the incident is on-going. No injuries were reported as a result of the arrests.    

Carson Moore Scott Collins Emilio Garcia
Abelardo Busto-Delgado Guillermo Busto-Delgado Francisco Barajas
  Juan Vela Graciano  


Illegal street racing is dangerous, destructive, and far too often a deadly event in Riverside County. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with local allied agencies, are taking a zero-tolerance approach to this illegal activity in an effort to reduce the cost to taxpayers having to repair the damages caused by these events, but most importantly to reduce the danger to the public caused by the participants of these events who often drive their vehicles with wanton disregard for public safety. Participants, as well as aiders and abettors, will be identified through collaborative law enforcement efforts and prosecuted for the multitude of crimes resulting from these illegal acts.              

Anyone with information pertaining to locations in your area where this type of illegal activity is taking place, or with any information pertaining to illegal street racing, sideshows, or planned street take overs is encouraged to contact Sergeant Dan Ponder at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station (951) 955-2600 or at Riverside Sheriff’s Dispatch (951) 776-1099.

Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.


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