||Street Takeover / Racing Arrests
||Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
||June 23, 2019
||June 22, 2019
||4300 Block of Green River Road, Corona
||Sergeant Dan Ponder
On June 22, 2019, at approximately 10:30 PM, the Riverside Sheriff’s Department S.T.R.E.E.T. Team received information from allied agencies in Los Angeles and Orange counties of a large “Sideshow” type event planned for multiple locations throughout the Inland Empire. In partnership with deputies and officers from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Riverside Police Department, Corona Police Department, and Ontario Police Department, units responded to the western region of Riverside county in a combined enforcement effort. Riverside Police Department’s Air Support Unit located the suspects and vehicles as they gathered in a crowded strip mall in the 4300 block of Green River Road, city of Corona. Within minutes multiple suspect vehicles began driving recklessly within the parking and discharging illegal fireworks within close proximity to innocent patrons of the strip mall.
Due to the danger posed to the public and damage being caused to the establishment, deputies and officers converged on the suspects and vehicles in the parking lot. Approximately 200 suspects, aiders, and abettors were contacted, 27 arrests were made for crimes related to the incident, 25 vehicles impounded, and 15 additional traffic citations were issued. Although there were additional reported “Sideshow” events related to this incident in the Inland Empire, additional arrests were made in the city of Jurupa Valley and Ontario.
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.