'Sideshow' in Culver City Draws Strong Warning from Police Chief

Culver City Police Chief Manuel Cid has issued a statement following last Sunday's dangerous automotive "sideshow" in the city, saying anyone involved may be arrested and their vehicle impounded.

At 7:15 p.m. on October 3, Culver City police received numerous calls regarding at least 50 motorists driving unsafely and performing automotive stunts – a demonstration commonly referred as a "sideshow" – at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Slauson Avenue, authorities said.

"Over the past several months, CCPD has responded to several of these types of sideshow calls within city limits," said Chief Cid.  "Sideshows are incredibly dangerous for the participants and the community and they create serious traffic issues and disturb local businesses and residents." 

"These sideshows are illegal and anyone in attendance, whether participating or in the audience, is subject to arrest, citation, and impound of their vehicle," he added.

Cid said "sideshows" are a regional problem and CCPD is working closely with neighboring law enforcement partners to address this issue. 

"The location of a sideshow is often spontaneous, as participants and attendees communicate on social media to choose a location moments before the event begins," said Cid.  "We will be increasing patrols throughout the city in strategic areas to help prevent future sideshows."      


Anyone who sees information on social media related to these sideshow events in Culver City or the surrounding area is encouraged to call Assistant Chief Jason Sims at 310-253-6391.  Anyone who witnesses a sideshow occurring is asked to immediately call 9-1-1 and, if feasible, drive to a safe location away from the area.  


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