CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The attorney for six of the seven men taken into custody in connection to an alleged street race on Highway 321 is speaking with FOX 46.
"You see the video of the trooper driving the wrong way, which is absurd,” said attorney Adam Seifer from Seifer Flatow, PLLC.
Seifer says his clients weren't racing, but instead were a group of BMW enthusiasts meeting for the first time.
"I mean you can see from the one video it hasn't been handled very well and from one of my clients it's a complete debacle of what he's telling me the case," said Seifer.
Trooper T.J. Williamson has now resigned from his position. He was reportedly responding to what Highway Patrol calls a “pre-arranged speed competition” in Catawba County on Sunday.
A press release from Highway Patrol says a group of sports cars were impeding traffic, traveling at a high rate of speed and running other vehicles off the road.
"There was not a speed competition. They were in a single file line. Competition would imply someone trying to beat someone else," Seifer said.
But all seven men are now charged with pre-arranged racing or impeding traffic. The five cars involved, mostly BMW's, are now impounded.
Seifer says one man, who was a passenger, even had $7,000 worth of camera equipment impounded.
"As far as I am aware he wasn't even driving, The car was pulled over and troopers knew he wasn't driving but was cited for impeding traffic for going too slowly and for exceeding safe speed."