Teen, man arrested after drag racing in Mustang, Camaro in York County

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Two men, a 48-year-old and a 19-year-old, were arrested Friday after drag racing down Fort Eustis Boulevard in a Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, police said.

Austin Letherwood, 19, and Randolph Firth, 48, have been charged with reckless driving: 95 mph in a 55 mph zone, and reckless driving: drag racing, according to a York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

A sheriff’s office deputy was near Burnt Bridge Run just before 11 p.m. Feb. 3 when two cars came speeding around a curve from the direction of Newport News, Ivey said.

The deputy clocked one car, a Mustang driven by Letherwood, at 97 miles per hour. The other car, a Camaro driven by Firth, was clocked at 103 miles per hour, Ivey said.

Both cars passed the deputy at 87 mph, Ivey said.

When the cars slowed for a traffic light, the deputy was able to pull up beside them and then pull them over just before the railroad tracks in the 8100 block of George Washington Memorial Highway.

According to York County General District Court records online, Firth was found “guilty in absentia” of speeding 63 mph in a 45 mph zone in 2007 and 51 mph in a 35 mph zone in 2012.

Firth was also found guilty in absentia of speeding 59 mph in a 45 mph zone in December 2011 in Newport News General District Court, court records show.

He was found guilty in absentia for speeding 64 in a 54 mph work zone in 2008 in Hampton General District Court as well, records show.

Other infractions in various courts include operating an uninspected motor vehicle, expired registration and operating without a license.

York court records show no prior charges against Letherwood.

Fearing can be reached at 207-975-5459.