Seven charged in Catawba County street racing investigation

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PRESS RELEASE

RALEIGH – On Sunday, July 16 at approximately 4:20 p.m., the State Highway Patrol received notification from multiple motorists of a group of sports cars impeding traffic, traveling at a high rate of speed and running other vehicles off the roadway on US 321 in Catawba County. Troopers responded to the area, stopping 9 different passenger vehicles and 1 SUV near exit 41.

After conducting an investigation into the incident, investigators seized 5 vehicles involved in a pre-arranged speed competition, placing the vehicles into the custody of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

After conferring with the Catawba and Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office, troopers charged the following individuals:

  • Brennan T. Rowe, 22, of Wayne, N.J. charged with Impeding Traffic & Exceeding posted speed limit
  • Anthony W. Obrien, 20, of Havre de Grace, M.D. charged with Impeding Traffic & Prearranged Racing
  • Hoang T. Nguyen, 44, of Allen, T.X. charged with Impeding Traffic & Prearranged Racing
  • Tran Hai Phi, 26, of Jacksonville, F.L. charged with Impeding Traffic & Prearranged Racing
  • Haroon Masood, 27, of Philadelphia, P.A. charged with Impeding Traffic & Prearranged Racing
  • Tamer Arslanouk, 24, of Waynesville, N.J. charged with Impeding Traffic
  • Saad Ahmed Gil, 25, of Philadelphia, P.A. charged with Impeding Traffic & Prearranged Racing

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