Horry County police charged nine men with racing on S.C. 31 after officers were tipped off about an illegal street race Friday night, according to authorities.
The officer, who was working undercover in an unmarked Horry County police vehicle, received the tip and went to a local car wash where the racers were said to be meeting, according to a police report. The officer saw several vehicles in the parking lot.
After about 10 minutes later, the officers noted that a man yelled “Are y’all ready?” The men went to their vehicles and the officer followed them to S.C. 31 near S.C. 544, where they headed north at 10:20 p.m. Friday.
The officer saw a lead vehicle pull away from the group, which split into different lanes, the first vehicle tapped his brakes and the vehicles began to race, according to the report. At that time another officer in a marked vehicle stopped the nine vehicles.
No other details were listed in the report.
The men were each charged with racing on a public road and each were given $500 bail, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. They each posted bond and were released by midday Sunday.
According to the report the men charged were: Jeffrey Kyle Berlin, 23, of North Myrtle Beach driving a Hyundai Genesis; Justin William Delaet, 25, of Murrells Inlet driving Subaru Legacy; Landrum Alex Gentry, 31, of Myrtle Beach driving a Cadillac STS; Lonnie Dale Jordan, 25, Conway driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer; Zohar Molina, 26, of Myrtle Beach driving a Honda Civic; Kevin Manuel Mourato, 27, of Murrells Inlet driving an Acura; Cameron Michael Rex, 23, of Myrtle Beach driving a Dodge Challenger; Trey David Rex, 21, of Socastee driving a Ford Mustang; and Ross Edward Thomas, 22, of Myrtle Beach driving a Subaru.
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