Alpine County airport site of dangerous drag racing |

Alpine County airport site of dangerous drag racing

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

SUVs on an airport runway?

This was the reaction when an Alpine County deputy responded Sunday to the county airport runway where a group of about 35 adults and juveniles were gathered to allegedly use the airstrip for drag racing, Assistant Sheriff Robert Levy said.

Arriving officers noticed two vehicles racing side by side.

Sixteen drivers were cited for operating unauthorized vehicles on county property and failure to obey regulations. A sign declares no admittance.

Three Carson City adults were booked for the alleged violations, including Crystal Bullock, 18; Denny Howard, 19; and Nick Samaras. Fredrick Dexter, 22, of Gardnerville, was also cited.

Levy said the alleged violators claimed they were told the airport was abandoned, but the officer noted the situation could have become more dire if a plane reporting trouble was forced to land there.

There’s also danger in motorists’ going off the pavement. The airstrip has abrupt dropoffs on both sides.

“It’s been an ongoing party problem there,” Levy said.

The Alpine County Sheriff’s unit will rely on frequent patrols and word of mouth of its intentions to deter drag racing on the airstrip.

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