Street racing is undergoing a revival in Southern California.
You can blame the nearly generation-old staying power of The Fast and the Furious, the revived availability of potent and relatively inexpensive cars and, most importantly, social media.
Authorities say a 4/20-themed “takeover” street race in unincorporated South Los Angeles was royally busted on the stoner holiday yesterday.
Racers didn't go without a fight, however. Video of the police response, below, shows someone jumping on a patrol car as people surround it, kick it and throw things at the vehicle.
The concept of the takeover means that participants take over the streets. And early yesterday that seemed to be the case, at least until the po-po arrived en masse.
The L.A. Sheriff's Department says it teamed up with the California Highway Patrol to take down this takeover on Broadway and Imperial Highway in the Willowbrook area.
It happened at 12:30 a.m., deputies said in a statement.
Along with 44 arrests for allegations ranging from drug possession to outstanding warrants, cops issued 209 citations for allegedly driving with suspended or nonexistent licenses, according to the sheriff's department.
But the big blow for the street nation was deputies' towing of 54 vehicles, they said. According to the sheriff's statement:
Social media is used to promote the gathering of vehicles to participate in illegal activities and often draws upwards of 300 vehicles and more than 500 spectators. Street racing and cruising is not only a public nuisance, it is highly dangerous. Street racing often results in traffic collisions, injuries and fatalities.
Donald Galaz of the Brotherhood of Street Racers told Fox 11 News that, despite the vehicle seizures, street racers weren't going anywhere soon:
It could happen anywhere. … We can move anywhere we want, at a moment's notice. … It would be hard for law enforcement to … find us. We're constantly moving all the time. It's something that's never going to go away. We're not going to stop being out there.