105 Freeway Takeover (Crenshaw Takeover) / Hawthorne RAW FOOTAGE
HAWTHORNE - Amateur car racers tried to shut down a major
freeway in South Los Angeles today, but ended up getting boxed in and
arrested by a police show of force against the impromptu ``Fast And
The Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway was swarmed by officers from the
California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and
Los Angeles Police Department during the incident, which also resulted in
several high-speed chases.
All traffic was stopped by officers on the eastbound 105 Freeway from
Crenshaw Boulevard to Vermont Avenue. Video shot by freelance camera crews
showed officers searching cars, frisking suspects and arresting people.
A CHP spokesman said charges would be pressed against racers for
violating numerous vehicle code sections, as well as for narcotics
violations and possessing stolen firearms and stolen vehicles.
Numerous drivers were given field sobriety tests and some were arrested.
No arrest total was immediately available, but the videographer said
``dozens'' of people were placed in police cars.
The three large agencies were ready when the illegal drag racers tried
to block the freeway to regular traffic, said CHP Officer Tony Polizzi.
``We investigated and determined who the involved parties were that
initiated the closure attempt, conducted appropriate enforcement action,
and then released traffic,'' said Polizzi.
Police cars were used to block the freeway, and that closure prompted a
SigAlert to be issued from 3:30 a.m. to 4:48 a.m.
He said no injuries were reported to any law enforcement or suspects and
that the CHP were in the process of compiling statistics from their area
offices, as well as from other law enforcement agencies.
``This growing situation (illegal racing and cruising) draws in
spectators who create a public safety hazard through their unsafe driving,
obstruction of public roadways, and increasingly violent behavior,''
Polizzi said. ``These events have directly impacted public access to
roadways, businesses and private property.
``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 aiding and abetting these
illegal activities,'' he said.
BEST BURNOUT EVER! SUMMERNATS GUINNESS WORLD RECORD BURNOUT!
Summernats 26 broke a Guinness World Record for the most amount of cars in
simultaneous burnout on January 4, 2013 in Canberra, Australia. When the
massive blanket of smoke eventually cleared, Chris Sheedy from Guinness
World Records told the 10,000 plus crowd that exactly 69 cars had managed
to complete a 30 second burnout. Sixty nine. That's a 'Nats kind of number.
Drivers came from all across Australia to fry their tyres together in this
historic event, some traveling thousands of kilometres from Western
Australian and Northern Queensland to take part in the rare feat.
138 tyres x 30 seconds x over 35,000 horsepower = 1 world record.
Thank you to the drivers, staff and sponsors for making this incredible
The Burnout World Record, supporting the National Tobacco Campaign's MyQuit
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