Oroville Mercury-Register

Oakland police tow 60 vehicles in illegal sideshow crackdown

- By Jason Green

OAKLAND » Officers towed 60 vehicles and issued 17 citations in connection with an illegal sideshow Thursday night in Oakland, police said.

Around 8:30 p.m., a caravan of 350 vehicles arrived in the city and participan­ts tried to take over intersecti­ons along Telegraph Avenue, according to the Oakland Police Department.

Police said the group relocated to 20th Street and Broadway, where some in the crowd threw fireworks and bottles at officers.

Participan­ts then drove to 29th Avenue and Internatio­nal Boulevard, where they took over the intersecti­on, police said. Officers were able to contain the participan­ts and towed their vehicles.

According to police, in addition to towing vehicles and issuing citations, officers made two arrests and recovered one firearm.

The crackdown on illegal sideshows will continue through the weekend, police said.

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