Three illegal sideshows popped up in Sacramento on Saturday night and Sunday morning, including one that stopped traffic on HIghway 50 while cars spun in circles across the freeway.
Authorities found about 500 cars and 1,000 people driving recklessly at the 3000 block of Power Inn Road around 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, according to Sacramento Police Department crime logs. After receiving backup from the California Highway Patrol, officers cited dozens of people for various California Vehicle Code violations and arrested one person who attempted to flee the scene before getting stopped in West Sacramento, spokesman Eddie Macaulay said.
About 100 cars were discovered racing and driving recklessly at 1:30 a.m. Sunday in a business park north of Elder Creek Road. Air unit assistance helped police identify and cite one driver, whose vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
The final stroke came around 2:25 a.m., when cars circled Highway 50’s eastbound lanes near Stockton Boulevard and shut down traffic for about 10 to 15 minutes, CHP officer Michael Bradley said.
All available CHP officers were dealing with a pedestrian collision on eastbound Highway 50 around the 15th Street off-ramp at the time and were unable to respond until after the daredevils had driven off. As a result, no reliable estimates of the number of people or vehicles involved exist and no citations were made.
“People are out there trying to cause havoc and have fun at the expense of causing delays and crashes behind them,” Bradley said. “It’s just a matter of tracking down the right social media pages and using law enforcement resource to stop these gatherings before they happen.”