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DPS: Street racer 'T-bones' DPS patrol car in south Phoenix industrial area

Posted: 12:10 PM, Jul 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-25 18:33:47-04
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PHOENIX — A street racer was arrested over the weekend after allegedly colliding with a DPS patrol car while traveling at 75 mph.

DPS reports that around midnight on July 21, a DPS trooper was patrolling an industrial area near 43rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road known to be used by street racers.

As he was patrolling the area in his 2017 Dodge Charger, he noticed a large group of vehicles. When he stopped and turned around, he was struck by a car driven by 19-year-old Jose Medrano.

Medrano then got out of his car and approached the trooper to apologize. When the trooper asked how fast he was going, Medrano reportedly told the trooper he was going 75 mph. The speed limit posted in the area is 25 mph.

He also allegedly admitted to racing another car and traveling left of the center lane at the time of the collision.

DPS says the patrol car was totaled. Luckily, the trooper didn't suffer any serious injuries.

Medrano has been charged with endangerment.