Seven vehicles were seized last week after illegal street takeovers blocked and damaged four intersections in San Diego County, officials said.
Street takeovers, also known as sideshows, typically involve spectators blocking intersections to create space for drivers to perform potentially dangerous maneuvers, such as “doughnuts” and “burnouts.”
Investigators said more than 100 people total blocked intersections in San Diego’s Barrio Logan and Swan Canyon neighborhoods, as well as National City and Chula Vista, on Dec. 9, Lt. D. Hall said Friday from the San Diego Police Department in a press release. .
It will cost between $15,000 and $24,000 to clean, re-mortar and repaint each intersection, Hall said.
In the weeks that followed, police officers from San Diego, El Cajon and National City worked alongside California Highway Patrol investigators to identify 20 vehicles and several people involved in the incidents, Hall said.
Officers reported seizing seven vehicles Thursday and court orders were obtained to seize more, Hall said. Investigations are currently underway which could lead to possible prosecutions against the drivers.
“The San Diego Police Department does not tolerate these illegal and inherently dangerous stunts on our shared roadways,” Hall said. “Those determined to continue their involvement in these criminal acts will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. »
In recent years, law enforcement has cracked down on street takeovers in San Diego County. Last year, the police arrested 11 people and issued 51 citations after shows took over seven intersections in San Diego and Spring Valley over Labor Day weekend.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1472 in September 2022, which allows prosecutors to charge drivers involved in fatal shows or street racing with gross negligence manslaughter.
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