ARCADIA (CBSLA) — Hordes of onlookers descended on several Los Angeles-area neighborhoods Saturday night to view the potentially dangerous and ill-advised street takeovers.

The tire marks are still visible at the intersection of West Duarte Road and South Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia, where 300-400 people were reportedly gathered watching cars do burnouts, sometimes coming dangerously close to spectators.

“I was in shock,” Shawn Shawver told CBS2 News. He said at around 1 a.m. Sunday, he was at a nearby bar when he started hearing screaming and tires screeching.

“They blocked the intersection to do donuts, and it was, like, going off about eight to 10 minutes before you heard police sirens coming,” said Shawver, adding that the bar he was in went into lockdown mode as people tried to run away from police when they finally did arrive.

The quiet was short-lived, as another takeover materialized in Pico Rivera. This one turned rowdier as spectators threw rocks at police and aimed fireworks at them.

“It’s crazy. We have a very quiet neighborhood and nice neighborhood, and I don’t want to see this getting started,” one woman said.

It’s not clear whether it was related to Mexico’s World Cup win over South Korea Saturday morning, but cars could be seen with large Mexican flags waving during the burnouts.

Two people were arrested, but no injuries were reported.

In April, the California Highway Patrol said it would be creating a task force to begin cracking down on these so-called “sideshows.”

Comments (32)
  1. Ken Badoian says:

    Great place for ICE to visit that will cut the clown car drivers and watchers size down.

  2. Robert Quinn says:

    Don’t dare wave the U.S. flag though.

    1. The grandchildren of these immigrants will live in the same third world squalor in the U.S that their grandparents fled. They hate Anglo America because of our strength, intelligence, and beauty. You can’t let millions of little low IQ’ed brown midget mezzo Americans into a first world country and not expect it to collapse.

  3. Lawless California – enjoy your utopia.

  4. welcome to the sh_thole known as LA

  5. Mexican flags…sanctuary city…organized disrespect for law and order and neighborhood tranquility.

  6. And they want to paint their streets white, to help global warming????

  7. Go to east L.A during a Mexico worldcup goal. Its like being in a war zone in a 3rd world country. The police dont have the resources to control it.This is decline.

  8. mjazzguitar says:

    America needs diversity like this?

  9. Holy Habanero, if you like your chimparoos, you can keep your chimparoos.

  10. YAY DIVERSITY! Why would ANYONE not want this in the country? Calling it dangerous? You racist news pigs! Take it back!

  11. Mike Burns says:

    Another reason to deport people without a court hearing !

  12. Dave Fay says:

    Idiots, see if I care if you burnout your transmission or clutch, destroy your tires, mangle your differential or destroy your rear brakes.

  13. Susan Vue says:

    Maxine Waters told them (her constituents) to raise he!!

  14. Robert Dunn says:

    Here’s hoping California gets chopped into 3 this November.

  15. Warrior of GOD says:

    They were obviously Mexicans, out celebrating their country’s win of the World Cup. But where was ICE? The videos showed how close they came to taking out some of the on lookers, thereby proven this was a reckless event. Good thing now one got injured or killed.

  16. Richard Baker says:

    Snake Plissken, call your office.

  17. If you aren’t well-armed and trained enough to kill half that mob and drive the others away, you’re not going to have much of a future in California, white man.

  18. jsolbakken says:

    Civilization cannot exist unless and until the uncivilized are expunged. Make no mistake, the enemies of America have done this, and Americans let it happen because they didn’t want to be mean. Only mean people have the privilege of enjoying the benefits of civilization.

  19. Voting for liberals has very bad consequences.

  20. Saw this on Drudge. Left for for more real California news.

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