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11 Arrested, 51 Cited for ‘Sideshow’ Tricks in San Diego Area

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A San Diego police cruiser
A San Diego police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

Eleven people were arrested and 51 cited over the Labor Day the weekend during a “sideshow takeover” in which several law enforcement agencies disrupted illegal activities on San Diego-area streets, officials said Tuesday.

It happened Saturday, when officers from San Diego, National City and the California Highway Patrol targeted the intersections of Recho Road and Carroll Road; Juniper Park Lane and Sorrento Valley Boulevard; Flanders Court and Flanders Drive; Via Del Norte and La Jolla Boulevard; Kearny Villa Road and Topaz Way, and Thorne Street and 43rd Street — all in San Diego — as well as the intersection of Kenwood Drive and Bancroft Street in Spring Valley.

“Officers pursued and deterred people participating, aiding and spectating these events,” said SDPD Lt.  Adam Sharki.

Eleven people were arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, driving under the influence, excessive speeding, speeding contests and watching illegal events and other crimes, authorities said.

In addition, seven vehicles were impounded and the drivers were cited for reckless driving, while seven people were cited for “aiding and abetting in a sideshow.”

Officers also impounded 10 vehicles for hazards and equipment issues, and detained and cited four juveniles for being present after curfew.

–City News Service

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