MERIDEN — Police cited three teens Monday for their reported involvement in a drag race on Research Parkway late last month.
Michael Garcia, 18, of 119 Olive St., and Luis Gonzalez Jr., 18, of 42 Ann St., were both cited for acting as a spectator in a race. Giancarlo Crespo, 18, of 97 Camp St., was cited for creating a public disturbance.
On Nov. 25, police received a report of two cars set up for a drag race on Research Parkway, said police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay. An officer responded, causing the cars and spectators to flee. The officer followed and stopped a car Crespo was driving. He told police he came to the race after he saw a post on social media.
A short time later, the officer saw one of the other fleeing cars and noted the driver, later identified as Garcia, used reckless maneuvers to try and avoid being spotted by police, McKay said. Garcia was issued the infraction with a court appearance for Dec. 8.
The officer ran the registration of another vehicle and went to the home of a man later identified as Gonzalez, McKay said. He was also issued an infraction with a court date of Dec. 8.