LAPD’s Aggressive Driving Detail Trying to Put the Brakes on Illegal Street Racing

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Illegal street racing in Compton. From “Rebel Without a Cause” to the “The Fast and the Furious” films, the activity is woven into Southern California's DNA — in movies and in real life. (Credit: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times)

The sporty little car with the red paint and racing stickers was caught.

Parked beside a Granada Hills road and its handcuffed driver, the Toyota Supra sat with its big modified exhaust hanging just above the ground, like a dog with its tail between its legs.

“Remember me?” Officer Will Durr said to the driver — an embarrassed college student he’d pulled over days before in the same illegally modified car.

Durr grinned as he stood beneath the car’s popped hood, ogling the turbo-charged engine, shining his flashlight over the modified air intake that allowed the vehicle to breathe in more power-giving air.

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