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Antioch hit with rash of sideshows, cops arrest 11, stolen vehicles recovered: Mayor

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Antioch police arrested 11 people after the city was hit with an “unprecedented” number of tire-screeching sideshows Saturday, Mayor Lamar Hernandez-Thorpe said.

Ten sideshows — events typically involving young people in souped-up cars burning rubber and performing driving stunts surrounded by cheering crowds blocking roadways or intersections — took place in Antioch after 2 p.m. Saturday, Hernandez-Thorpe said in a Facebook video posted Saturday around 10 p.m.

“This is very disappointing,” Thorpe said. “It’s unfortunate to see so many young people running around on these streets.”

The Mayor pledged that the vehicular revelers — and some of their parents — would be held accountable.

As of early Sunday afternoon, 11 people had been arrested for participating in sideshow activity or possession of stolen cars, the Mayor said in a second Facebook post. Two stolen vehicles were recovered and six cars impounded, he said.

Hernandez-Thorpe said he expected additional arrests.



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