MINGO COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – The Mingo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an illegal drag racing event that damaged the roadway near the Mingo Central High School football field.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies received several calls regarding the event, including reports that the roadway had been completely shut down. Mingo County Sheriff Joe Smith says the event is believed to have happened around midnight Saturday or early Sunday morning.
“That’s a two-lane public road there. One of the callers actually thought that we were involved and that we had shut the road down to let them drag race,” said Smith. “That’s when I told them this is the first we’re hearing of this and we had no involvement at all with this incident.”
The event also caused damage to the roadway, authorities say.
The sheriff says investigators used professional photos from the event posted on social media to recover license plates from all across the Tri-State including in Kanawha County, West Virginia, and Greenup County, Kentucky.
The sheriff’s office says no arrests have been made at this time. According to Smith, while they are investigating they are not sacrificing man-hours to track down each individual driver.
Deputies are urging anyone with any information on the event or its organizers to call the sheriff’s office at (304) 235-0300.