In southern California, 56 people were arrested after participants in an illegal street takeover vandalized a police cruiser. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reported that an officer encountered the “side show” near Highland Avenue and Victoria Avenue. Despite ordering the crowd to disperse, they attacked and vandalized the police vehicle.

The sheriff vowed to continue impounding cars and making arrests.

Spectators damaged the patrol vehicle’s windshield and body panels. An investigation led police to identify car clubs involved in the takeovers, who posted videos on social media of stolen cars and firearms.

Police executed search warrants, recovering a stolen Dodge Hellcat and multiple firearms. On June 1, law enforcement agencies conducted “Operation Consequences,” targeting a group practicing takeover maneuvers on abandoned property. Arrests were made as suspects attempted to flee.

Of the 56 arrested, 37 were adults and 19 juveniles. San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus stated, “This type of recklessness won’t be tolerated. Arrests will be assured, and cars will be impounded if these street-takeovers continue” said San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus.

Street takeovers are a growing problem across the U.S., sometimes resulting in fatalities. In January 2023, a 13-year-old boy was struck and killed at an illegal street takeover in St. Petersburg, Florida, leading to the arrest of his father for neglect.

Adelanto, a city of about 39,000 residents, is two hours northeast of Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert. San Bernardino County, the largest county in the U.S., covers over 22,000 square miles.