Dozens arrested in illegal street takeovers in the Los Angeles area

Police arrested three dozen people Thursday night in various illegal street takeovers in and around Los Angeles, including large gatherings in the San Fernando Valley, according to authorities who seized multiple vehicles.

About 150 people gathered at Roscoe Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue in the Sun Valley neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Street shots often involve a group of cars blocking an intersection where drivers make dangerous maneuvers with their cars.

Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jodie McGee of the Valley Traffic Division told Fox 11 News that participants often wreak havoc on communities.

“They like to make videos of it,” McGee said. “But the problem is that people are being hurt and killed by these guys… making the donuts. They lose control, they hit the crowd, the spectators who are watching what is happening. And then what happens, as soon as they hit somebody, they go away. So now you have a hit and run, and if a person is injured, it could be a felony. That is why we are here. We are trying to reduce activity.”

The Los Angeles Police Department impounded eight cars after people abandoned the vehicles when police arrived. The LAPD and the California Highway Patrol worked together to respond to the illegal squatting and both agencies made multiple arrests. Police said they recovered a flamethrower at the Sun Valley takeover, KTLA-TV reported.

The news station is also reporting that there was a takeover of a separate street in Compton, where multiple vehicles were impounded by police. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had no immediate information on the incident.

KABC-TV reports that there was another takeover in Granada Hills to which police responded just before 11:20 pm About 20 cars were seized and 20 people were cited, while four people were arrested by authorities.

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