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Tremont neighbors say drag racing has been happening in this neighborhood for decades

Posted at 11:31 PM, Jun 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-04 06:47:53-04

It's a quiet neighborhood in the shadow of downtown Cleveland, but on the weekends it's anything but peaceful. Residents of the gated Bergen Village community in Tremont say illegal street racers flood the industrial road behind their homes all summer long.

"Sometimes you can hear them screeching down there, and the engines roaring so loud," said Marie Taylor.

Marie and William Taylor hear them well because they forgo the air conditioning and keep their windows wide open.

"It's scary cause you're always wondering if there's going to be a crash, and I'm just waiting for that to happen," said Marie.

Neighbors sent News 5 a video where you can see cars lining up along West 3rd and Jefferson, a sight residents say they are all too familiar with.

"Friday nights, Saturday nights they'll be 20, 30, 40 cars down there drag racing," said Korey Leonhard who also lives in the neighborhood.

These folks say the illegal racing has been happening for decades.

"I grew up in this neighborhood back in the 50s and they were doing it back then they were racing," said William Taylor.

And, yes, Taylor says he's tried calling the cops.

"Talked to the police and they say when they go down there, they're gone," he said.

With the weather warming up again and all their really feeling is hopeless.

"We just say, well they're they go again, there's nothing you can do," said Marie.