BPD will arrest 40 this weekend after sideshows blocked Bakersfield’s main roads


14 Nov. Bakersfield police arrested 40 people over the weekend after hundreds of vehicles and individuals blocked major intersections and performed dangerous stunts at so-called “sideshows” or “takeovers,” according to a press release the agency issued Monday.

BPD officers headed to Ming Avenue and Stine Road around 10:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of a “takeover” event. Two adults and a minor were arrested and one vehicle involved was seized, the release said.

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The participants then dispersed and reconvened on Wilson and Stine roads on Saturday and attempted to block traffic, police said in a press release. At this location, a 16-year-old boy attempted to hit a police officer with his vehicle and officers gave chase, the release said. Police eventually used “spike strips” to stop the vehicle and arrested the teen, the press release said.

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At Wilson and Stine, fourteen people were arrested and five cars seized. The people arrested were from Arvin, Bakersfield, Delano and Lamont, BPD said in the release.

On Sunday, police officers took to Buck Owens Boulevard and Sillect Avenue to disperse a crowd of more than 100 people who had blocked the intersection, the release said.

There, 23 people were arrested from Arvin, Bakersfield, Buttonwillow, Delano, Sanger and Visalia. Jacob King, 48, from Visalia, led police officers in a northbound vehicle chase on Highway 99 before being stopped by police, the press release said. Ten vehicles were seized, the press release added.

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An investigation into the organizers of the sideshow continues and “further arrests are expected,” the press release said.

Anyone with more information about these incidents can call the BPD at 661-327-7111.