Hundreds of people go to side exhibitions in four towns in Contra Costa County, police say
Police took part in side protests on Saturday night in several towns in eastern Contra Costa County, towing 21 cars and arresting someone who allegedly crashed their car in an attempt to evade police.
Antioch Police said in a statement that around 100 vehicles and around 200 spectators first converged on the intersection of West 10th Street and Auto Center Drive in Antioch at around 10:41 p.m. Officers. found several cars making donuts at intersections and in the parking lot of an Arco gas station.
Some bystanders set off fireworks and occasionally threw fireworks at patrol vehicles and pointed lasers at police, the statement said. Antioch Police called for mutual aid, and agents from Brentwood, Pittsburg and the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office responded to help the ICN disperse the crowd.
After other agencies arrived, police said several vehicles had driven recklessly to escape and one vehicle nearly ran over a policeman who was on foot. Antioch agents stopped a group of cars with the help of outside agencies and gave 20 citations. Police said 21 cars were placed on 30-day tows from this scene.
The remaining group of cars drove to Brentwood, where they resumed the intersection of Lone Tree Way and Highway 4. Several vehicles then arrived in Oakley. At around 1:09 a.m., Oakley police said bottles were thrown at them by occupants of a vehicle that had fled to Antioch.
Antioch officers said they found this vehicle and attempted to stop traffic, but the car fled officers and crossed Hillcrest Avenue where it then lost control and crashed.
The driver tried to escape on foot, but the officers managed to catch up. The person, who has not been identified, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and his vehicle was towed for 30 days, police said.
Less than 30 minutes later, police said more than 50 cars had taken over the intersection of Buchanan Road and Somersville Road and started another side show around 1:32 a.m., police said. Officers showed up to disperse the crowd, but the group simply continued the side show.
At around 2:32 a.m., the Antioch police entered the town of Pittsburg to assist them with a grand spectacle which resulted in several gun shots. Police did not report any injuries.