Story last updated at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2002

Hot rodding charged
Two 30-year-old brothers have been charged with reckless driving after allegedly speeding through a residential area, forcing a child on a bicycle to dodge out of the way.

Michael and Gary Becker, both 30, have been charged with a misdemeanor each after allegedly driving separate cars through Bartlett Street and Soundview Avenue at speeds up to 50 mph in a 25 mph zone.

According to court documents, an area resident reported hearing a loud tire screeching and engine noise outside his house on Monday. When the resident looked outside, he said he saw two cars racing up Bartlett Street, then decelerating, leaving a 100-foot-long skid mark. Another witness said she saw a 12-year-old child on a bicycle yell in fear and take evasive action by riding into a driveway to avoid being hit by two cars coming down Soundview Avenue at a high rate of speed.

The witness then copied down the vehicles' license plate numbers and reported them to police.

The Becker brothers allegedly admitted to police that they drove their BMW and Volkswagen Golf cars at speeds up to 50 mph and left skid marks near the intersection of Soundview Avenue and Bartlett Street, the longest of which was more than 108 feet long.

The brothers have been ordered to appear in court on May 28.

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