Once again Turlock Police officers were kept busy on an already busy night when they were called out to deal with 100 street racers that had taken over Lander Avenue Saturday night.
The incident was reminiscent of one in April when 50 to 75 vehicles were doing burnouts and driving recklessly on Atlanta Court and later in a parking lot on W. Main. Only this time some people began hurling rocks at the officers who were responding to the scene. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
This particular incident tied up every available patrol unit that we had in our city for some time. This caused our pending call volume to increase quickly due to it being a Saturday night.Turlock Police Sgt. Steve Rodrigues
The incident began late Saturday night when the police department received multiple calls stating several vehicles had completely blocked off Lander Avenue around the 900 block area.
Drivers of the estimated 100 vehicles were using the blocked off road to street race and do burnouts.
As officers arrived and tried to disperse the crowd, subjects began throwing rocks at the patrol cars.
Because of the sheer number of vehicles and people and the unruly turn the situation had taken, Turlock requested the assistance of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.
The sheriff’s department sent several units to the scene and together the two agencies were able to clear out the area.
“This particular incident tied up every available patrol unit that we had in our city for some time. This caused our pending call volume to increase quickly due to it being a Saturday night,” said Turlock Police Sgt. Steve Rodrigues on the department’s online activity log.