Surveillance video captures illegal street racing in an area where car crashed later in the morning

DENVER - Surveillance video obtained by 7NEWS shows close to 100 cars illegally street racing late Sunday night into early Monday morning.

The street race was in an area known for illegal racing; along Osage Street between West 3rd and 6th avenues.

About an hour after the cars are chased off by a Denver Police squad car, a teen crashed his car into a concrete barrier near West 6th Avenue and Osage Street.

Officers witnessed the 17-year-old driver roll through a stop sign, according to police. Officers tried to pull the driver over, but he took off, crashing into the barrier. The driver ran on foot, but was arrested.

Police said he was charged with driving under the influence, hit-and-run and obstruction.

An officer at the scene told 7NEWS police broke up a street race a few blocks away, near West 3rd Avenue and Quivas Street earlier in the night.

Police say the teen driver returned to the area and was fleeing from officers when he crashed into the wall.

SCENE: 17y/o involved in street racing group near 3rd/Quivas crashed car after fleeing from police. DUI suspected.

— Pete Burd (@PeteBurd) July 7, 2014

The teen has minor injuries from the crash.

On Monday afternoon, a Denver Police spokesman said that there is no reference to street racing in the accident report.

"I would say, 'Wake up,' please come and take care of this problem," said Robert Wood, operations manager at an electrical distribution company near where the racing starts.

Surveillance video from a business at West 3rd Avenue and Osage Street shows drivers racing before and after midnight. The racing takes place in both directions of Osage Street, as many as three-wide at a time.

"This has been going on for about three-and-a-half years," said Wood. "We've contacted Denver P.D. a number of times, had a sit down with Denver P.D. about them doing some investigative work themselves and trying to catch these guys and, as of yet, I don't think they've been able to get it accomplished," said Wood.

7NEWS was given access to the roof of the business last year, where we recorded illegal street racing last summer.

At the time, Denver Police told 7NEWS that the preferred way to catch street racers is to log the license plates at the event and then impound the cars later in the week.

According to Wood, he Denver Police a key to his office a year-and-a-half ago, so that officers can covertly watch the racing from inside and write down license plates.

"They were going to take some video and then make some Monday morning arrests," said Wood.

He said police have not done that surveillance from inside his office.

"I guess we pretend like if we ignore it, it will go away, but it's only getting bigger and bigger and bigger. There's more and more racers every Sunday now," said Wood. "Just put a marked car out here and they're not going to come in here."

Wood also showed 7NEWS two bullets that he found on the roof of the business. The bullets had damaged a couple of the solar panels that are installed on the roof.

"What people don't realize is once you shoot something in the air, sooner or later it comes back down," said Wood.

He suspects the bullets are from the racers, who also leave behind beer bottles, wine bottles and trash.

"I'd like to see them end the street racing before anybody else gets killed on this street," said Wood. "I have employees here all night long now, loading trucks. You're putting my employees at risk because of the street racing, not to mention you're putting yourself at risk."

Just last month, police said a car that crashed into the South Platte River may have been involved in street racing.

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