VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Four people were arrested and over 100 tickets were issued in a law enforcement clampdown on a popular unauthorized car meet Wednesday night here in Victorville.
On August 8, 2018, deputies from the Victorville Police Department, with the assistance of the San Bernardino County Auto Theft Task Force (SANCATT), conducted an operation to crack down on street racing and other vehicle code violations, according to officials.
“Over the past several months the Victorville Police Department received complaints from businesses and residents and responded to numerous calls for service, regarding vehicles and car clubs gathering in a shopping center at Bear Valley and Amethyst Roads every Wednesday night,” officials said.
The complaints ranged from vehicles illegally parked, to drivers doing donuts in the parking lot, and street racing in the surrounding neighborhoods. All those actions pose potential safety hazards for customers, residents, and citizens in the area, as well as those participating in the illegal activities.
“During the operation, 1 arrest was made for reckless driving, 1 arrest was made for possession of stolen vehicle components, 2 arrests were made for trespassing, 90 parking citations issued, 12 equipment citations issued, 7 vehicles were referred to the State of California Bureau of Automotive Repair Smog Check Referee, 2 citations for driving without a license were issued, and 9 vehicles were towed for various violations,” authorities confirmed.
“I live down the street from there and it’s not about showing their cars but they sit there (not everyone) doing donuts in the parking lot. One wrong turn and it can be someone’s life,” stated Victorville resident Hirlinda Cardenas.
“The weeks leading up to 4th of July they had illegal fireworks. My dog and I, and I’m sure other people’s dogs were freaked out. Now they race from Amethyst down Bear Valley either toward the freeway or towards 395. If you don’t live nearby you wouldn’t know, or been around it you wouldn’t know what really happens! Yeah, it’s not everyone that does this but to the few that do act dumb they ruin it for everyone,” Cardenas said.
Authorities said that although these gatherings may appear, on the surface, to be harmless, evidence in the statistics listed in this press release and from other stories publicized across the nation, there is a potential for serious injuries, criminal activity, and disruption to businesses and families.
Some parents say there aren’t enough things for youngsters to do in the Victor Valley, and say the meet up is just a place to hang out with friends and meet others.
“My son was there and looks forward to it every week! Him and his friends are good kids and love cars. I would rather him do this then get in trouble with drugs or alcohol. I support law enforcement but this is absolute BS,” said Chris Northcliffe.
The Victorville Police Department said they will continue to take steps to keep the neighborhoods and streets in our community safe.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.