Video: CHP Busts Planned Street Racing Takeover Of 105 Freeway
Three law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles shut down a planned street racing operation on the 105 freeway early Sunday morning, leading to dozens of arrests.
The event, known by the hashtag #CrenshawTakeover on social media, was set to take place on the 105 freeway at Crenshaw Boulevard in the early hours of Sunday morning, but officers from the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles Police Department, and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were all waiting to bust the operation. Dozens were arrested for various charges, including DUIs, outstanding warrants, and various possession of contraband, according to KPCC.
"Crimes and acts of violence have been committed against innocent motorists and vehicles attempting to pass through these illegal events, as well as random acts of vandalism by spectators," CHP spokesman Tony Polizzi told NBC 4.
Several of these meetups have taken place before, shutting down freeways and surface streets during the early hours. This time, authorities were lying in wait.
Word spread through social media that the meeting place would be the parking lot near the freeway and Crenshaw Boulevard. A Sig Alert was issued at 3:30 a.m. that the eastbound lanes of the 105 freeway had been, ironically, shut down by law enforcement in order to make the arrests. The freeway was reopened by 5 a.m.
Participants and observers posted a few pictures and videos of the illegal street racing on social media, though several accounts and posts have since been deleted in the wake of the sting: