Illegal sideshows or trick street racing in Northwest Fresno. That happened on Easter Sunday and it was all caught on camera.
Many people say the area of Palm and Alluvial is one of the safer parts of Fresno. But imagine seeing several cars do donuts in the middle of the street. There are still skid marks left behind and last Sunday, police cracked down on illegal driving.
“Donuts, figure eights in the middle of intersections. Sometimes you’ll see on the freeway, they’ll stop traffic at two o’clock in the morning,” said Sergeant Gary Beer.
Sergeant Beer is talking about sideshows. On Easter Sunday, security footage captured by a business near Palm and Alluvial shows two cars whipping around several times before burning out into the street at around 9:45 at night, stopping traffic in the area and putting people’s safety at risk.
“Guys will hang out of the windows of the cars that are doing the the burn outs and it doesn’t take anything for something to go wrong. Somebody to fall out the car window and then get run over by the car,” said Beer.
The sideshow culture has roots in Oakland. Police say that influence is bringing out-of-towners into the Valley.
“They actually call it the Bay to Fresno ride,” said Beer.
Surveillance video shows a flood of cars into the area minutes before the sideshows begin. Moments later, you see some cars use the other side of the street, going the wrong way. What’s left behind are skid marks on Palm Avenue. Residents who frequent this area say they’re shocked.
“I guess the presumption is that I’m gonna be safe. I take that for granted and I would hate to be in the middle of that type of activity,” said Soyla Griffin.
Police say 35-40 motor cops teamed up with CHP and Sheriff’s deputies, along with helicopters in the air to make sure these drivers faced the consequences.
“You come to Fresno and we know you’re coming. Then we’re gonna put maximum enforcement on you and we’ll have zero tolerance for sideshows, street racing, cruising and any other type of criminal activity,” said Beer.
Fresno Police handed out 193 tickets, had 42 cars towed. Eleven of those cars will be impounded for 30 days from Sunday. 41 were arrested for misdemeanor violations and two dui arrests were made.