Amarillo man arrested for deadly conduct relating to illegal street racing


Officers from the Amarillo Police Department were made aware of a YouTube channel belonging to a local man where he was documenting illegal street racing. Investigators watched over 20 videos where the suspect documents street racing in multiple areas around Amarillo, many times more than 100 mph.

On March 31st, 2022, the Amarillo Police Neighborhood Patrol Unit served a warrant for Deadly Conduct in relation to illegal street racing on the suspect, Kevin Van Voris.  They also served a search warrant at his home where evidence was collected. 
 
Illegal street racing is a serious issue in the Amarillo community.  Texas Transportation Code 545.420 states A person may not participate in any manner in:
 
(1) a race;
(2) a vehicle speed competition or contest;
(3) a drag race or acceleration contest;
(4) a test of physical endurance of the operator of a vehicle;  or
(5) in connection with a drag race, an exhibition of vehicle speed or acceleration or to make a vehicle speed record.
 
This offense is a Class B Misdemeanor for the first offense unless the driver was intoxicated (Class A) or someone is injured (3rd Degree Felony) or killed (2nd Degree Felony). 
 
The Amarillo Police Department noted it takes the safety of our community very seriously and will seek out and prosecute those who choose to street race and endanger the lives of citizens. The department will also seize vehicles involved in racing subject to asset forfeiture.

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