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2 arrested, 29 cited in street takeovers in San Diego


Two people were arrested and 29 were cited last weekend in a crackdown on street takeovers in San Diego, police said Friday.

Street takeovers, also known as sideshows, typically involve dozens of spectators blocking intersections, creating space for drivers to do “doughnuts”, “burnouts” and more. potentially dangerous maneuvers, San Diego Police Lt. Adam Sharki said in a news release.

On October 15, officers and deputies from the San Diego Police Department, the California Highway Patrol and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department learned that parallel takeover teams were planning events that evening in locations in the city of San Diego, Sharki said.

The agencies then worked together to disrupt these planned events in San Diego and other parts of the county, including Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos.

San Diego police said participants and organizers of the takeovers were mostly from Orange County and Riverside. In addition to the arrests and citations, authorities seized seven vehicles and investigated one accident.

Street takeovers can also cause property damage. Street repairs at intersections cost an average of $2,500 to $18,000, Sharki said in the news release.

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