A driver was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving in California after he and at least 50 other vehicles obstructed an Anaheim intersection as part of a street takeover around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, police stated.
Police replied to Brookhurst Street and Crescent Avenue after multiple callers reported the issue involving cars which were blocking the intersection, Anaheim Police Sgt. Jacob Gallacher stated. Initial reports showed that somewhere between 50 to 80 cars blocked the intersection, with around 70 pedestrian bystanders, he stated.
“What happens are these car clubs basically take over intersections,” Gallacher said. “This is something occurring not just in Anaheim, but all over the state.”
Several street takeovers, or “sideshows,” have been reported in Orange County in the recent times. One in Tustin in late January drew about 100 vehicles, officials stated. In late December, half a dozen cars were impounded and their motorists and spectators arrested when California Highway Patrol officers failed an attempted street takeover on the 57 Freeway in Anaheim overlooking Angel Stadium.
It was not clear that how many people were racing or performing stunts at the Anaheim intersection Sunday morning, but one vehicle – a Ford Mustang – was found by an Anaheim police helicopter engaging in reckless driving, police stated.
“The Mustang was the most notable one,” Gallacher stated. “They were doing multiple donuts and almost causing collisions.”
When police arrived at the scene, the cars dispersed but officers carried out a traffic stop with the Mustang, he stated.
That’s when they arrested the driver, Gallacher stated. A 16-year-old girl was also in the car, he added.
The driver has been charged with reckless driving, illegal speed contest, vandalism and physical child endangerment, Gallacher stated.