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Press Release: Street Racing Enforcement Operation / Arrests
Agency: Jurupa Valley Station
Station Area: Jurupa Valley
Written Date: May 19, 2019 Time: 3:00 A.M.
Incident Date: May 19, 2019 Time: 10:30 PM
Incident Location: Western Riverside County
Reporting Officer: Sergeant Dan Ponder
File Number(s): JV191380175


Bryan Joel Herrera

On May 18, 2019, the Riverside Sheriff’s Department Street Racing and Takeover Enforcement Team in partnership with deputies from Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, and Perris, as well as officers from the Riverside Police Department’s Traffic and Air Support units, conducted a unified street racing enforcement operation. The goal of this operation was to enhance public safety and awareness on western Riverside County roadways of the dangers caused by illegal street racing through direct enforcement action.

During the course of the operation, this law enforcement partnership responded to several reports of street takeovers forming for the purpose of alleged illegal street racing or, “Sideshows.” Deputies and officers issued numerous citations for infractions related to street racing, and disrupted multiple attempts by various groups to take over streets and intersections for this purpose. One arrest was also made of an individual wanted out of San Bernardino county for charges related to alleged street racing offenses.  

At approximately 10:30 P.M., Riverside Sheriff’s dispatch was alerted to numerous vehicles being operated in a reckless manner with 100 spectators in the area of Via Ricardo and Via Cerro, city of Jurupa Valley. Riverside Police Department Air-1 arrived on scene first and confirmed a street takeover was currently in progress, with two pick-up trucks performing exhibitions of speed in the intersection. Upon arrival in the area members of the Riverside Police Department Traffic unit stopped one of the trucks attempting to flee the area and detained the driver without incident. Deputies attempted to stop the second pick-up truck involved, which fled the scene at a high rate of speed failing to stop. Deputies pursued the truck with the assistance of Riverside Police Department Air-1, who tracked the truck to a cul-de-sac in the city of Bloomington. A high-risk stop was conducted and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.    

The driver of the first truck, Bryan Joel Herrera, 21, a resident of Fontana, was arrested for exhibition of speed and later booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center. Herrera’s vehicle was impounded for 30 days as a result of being used in the exhibition of speed. The driver of the second truck was later identified as a juvenile resident of Bloomington, and booked at Riverside Juvenile Hall for felony charges related to evading a peace officer, vandalism, as well as exhibition of speed. This truck was also impounded for 30 days for being used in the initial exhibition of speed.  

Illegal street racing, street takeovers, and sideshows are a dangerous, destructive, and far too often a deadly event in Riverside County. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with local allied agencies, are taking a zero-tolerance approach to this illegal activity in an effort to reduce the cost to taxpayers having to repair the damages caused by these events, but most importantly to reduce the danger to the public caused by the participants of these events who often drive their vehicles with wanton disregard for public safety. Participants, aiders and abettors, and retailers supplying and installing the illegal equipment often found on the vehicles at these events will be identified through collaborative law enforcement efforts and prosecuted for the multitude of crimes resulting from these illegal acts.              

Anyone with information pertaining to locations in your area where this type of illegal activity is taking place, or with any information pertaining to illegal street racing, sideshows, or planned street take overs is encouraged to contact Sergeant Dan Ponder at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station (951) 955-2600 or at Riverside Sheriff’s Dispatch (951) 776-1099.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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