(LOS ANGELES) — Traffic was blocked for more than an hour on a major Los Angeles freeway early Sunday as police took on drag racers in what resembled a Fast and Furious-style rally.
The California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department “joined forces to deter illegal racing and cruising activities, resulting in several high-speed chases,” CHP Southern Division Officer Kevin Tao told ABC News.
The exact numbers of chases and arrests stemming from events on the South Los Angeles section of the 105 freeway from approximately 3:30 to 4:48 a.m. Sunday has not yet been released publicly, Tao told ABC News.
“The three large agencies were ready when the illegal drag racers tried to block the freeway to regular traffic,” CHP officials said.
SIGALERT: EB I-105 AT CRENSHAW – ALL LANES CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO POLICE ACTIVITY – REF LOG 0601
— CHP Southern Div. (@CHPsouthern) December 28, 2014
Charges will be pressed against racers for “violating numerous vehicle code sections, as well as for narcotics violations and possessing stolen firearms and stolen vehicles,” officials said in a written statement.
“This growing situation [illegal racing and cruising] draws in spectators who create a public safety hazard through their unsafe driving, obstruction of public roadways and increasingly violent behavior,” the statement added. “These events have directly impacted public access to roadways, businesses and private property.”
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