19 cars seized, 27 arrested in illegal street takeover in Pomona

A driver who allegedly rammed his vehicle into a police car while trying to flee a street takeover in Pomona was arrested along with 26 others at Sunday’s illegal event, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities said they seized 19 vehicles related to the takeover near the intersection of Rio Rancho Road and Rancho Valley Drive. The charges included assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm and possession of drugs. Most people were arrested on suspicion of watching or participating in the takeover.

About 100 to 150 vehicles were gathered for the takeover, according to authorities, as spectators watched the drivers perform dangerous stunts in their vehicles. Pomona Police Department dispatchers received a call just before 9 p.m. from a concerned citizen reporting that drivers were suffering burnouts in a mall parking lot.

Police issued eight parking bans and one moving ban and impounded a vehicle, according to Pomona Police Spokesman Aly Mejia. She said police have “a zero tolerance attitude towards street takeovers/street racing”.

A vehicle is pictured alongside two police vehicles

One of 19 vehicles seized in connection with a Pomona street takeover.

(California Highway Patrol)

The takeover group drove north toward Roselawn Avenue and Pomona Boulevard, where they continued to perform dangerous maneuvers in their cars, according to police. The California Highway Patrol followed the group to the location and cordoned off a road, blocking the vehicles. CHP officials said when they arrived at the scene they saw plumes of smoke from people performing burnouts.

While the police were trying to lock up the vehicles, a driver allegedly rammed his car into a CHP cruiser. Both the suspect’s vehicle and the CHP cruiser were damaged, but none of the officers in the cruiser were injured, according to a social media post from CHP station Baldwin Park.

CHP station Baldwin Park did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A trunk of a vehicle displays weapons and other items

Authorities claim they found a firearm and drugs in one of the vehicles.

(California Highway Patrol)

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-07/street-takeover-cars-seized-arrests-pomona 19 cars seized, 27 arrested in illegal street takeover in Pomona

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