Massive drag racing event aborted, 1 stopped on Long Island: PD

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ISLANDIA, NY — A massive crowd that had gathered for a drag racing event was dispersed and a man was arrested for impaired driving Saturday night in Long Island, cops say.

The raid was in response to “numerous community complaints and prior criminal incidents” in which street racing and reckless driving events were involved throughout the 4th District, according to Suffolk Cops.

A total of seven different police units, including officers from the 4th Precinct Crime Section, Community Support Unit and Patrol, as well as Highway Patrol, Canine Section and the aviation, took part in the raid. Officers descended on Oval Drive in Islandia between 11 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 a.m. Sunday, according to cops.

Their investigation of “a street racing group” led them to a large group of vehicles that were parked near 88 Veterans Memorial Highway in Commack just before 10 p.m. and members of the group were driving recklessly, police said.

The vehicles then drove to a pre-determined location at Oval Drive in Islandia, where approximately 200 vehicles and 300 people were preparing for a drag race.

Officers ended up issuing 119 summonses for various traffic and vehicle violations, according to police.

Nicolas Vaden, 26, of Patchogue, was arrested for drug-impaired driving and resisting arrest, police said. He was arraigned in Central Islip First District Court on Sunday.

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