Dozens of people arrested in illegal takeovers on the streets of Los Angeles

Police arrested three dozen people Thursday night at several illegal takeovers in and around Los Angeles, including large rallies in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said that seized multiple vehicles.

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

LAPD Sgt. Valley Traffic Division’s Jodie McGee told Fox 11 News that participants often wreak havoc in communities.

“They like to make videos of it,” McGee said. “But the thing is, people are getting hurt and killed by these guys… making 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 someone, they leave. So now you have a hit and run, and if someone gets hurt, it could be a felony. That’s why we are here. We try to limit the activity.

The LAPD seized eight cars after people abandoned the vehicles when police arrived. The LAPD and California Highway Patrol worked together to respond to the illegal takeover, and both agencies made several arrests. Police said they recovered a flamethrower during the Sun Valley takeover, as reported by KTLA-TV.

The news station also reports that there was a separate street takeover in Compton, where police seized several vehicles. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department did not immediately have information about the incident.

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

Los Angeles Times

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