Police Announce Illegal Racing and Dangerous Driving Trend in Glendale

GLENDALE (CNS) - Police today released photos of a dangerous driving trend in Glendale, including a driver reaching 90 mph on Glenoaks Boulevard.

An officer stopped and arrested the 20-year-old driver of that Dodge Charger before anyone was hurt -- one of four similar arrests the Glendale Police Department announced it had made since Oct. 19.

“Speeding's always been an issue in Glendale -- traffic permitting, of course,'' said spokesperson Sgt. Christian Hauptmann. “There's a posted speed limit for a reason. That's the speed you're supposed to go.''

When the officer spotted that eastbound Charger last Thursday around 8 p.m., it was racing a white BMW M6 with a black top, Hauptmann said.

After clocking the man at 90 mph, the cars split up, according to the incident report. The officer went after the Charger and stopped it at a red light at North Central Avenue and Sanchez Drive.

Hambartsum Garadzhyan of Glendale was arrested on suspicion of speed racing and released at the scene. It was unclear what became of the BMW M6.

On Oct. 19, around 9 p.m., a patrol officer monitoring traffic saw a BMW 3-Series car speeding westbound at Pelanconi Avenue and Glenoaks at 69 miles per hour, as verified by a LIDAR speed-checker. It soon returned from the opposite direction at 83 mph and was stopped at Glenoaks and Highland Avenue, and Thomas Grigorian, 30, of Glendale was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, Hauptmann said.

“The driver said he was driving fast because traffic was light,'' he said.

Around 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aren Mahmoodi, 34, another Glendale resident, was arrested on suspicion of speed racing, while fellow resident Jorjik Tahmasian, 57, was arrested Monday on suspicion of reckless driving.

Photo: Glendale Police Department

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