Crime & Justice

Officers arrest dozens of motorists who attempted to shut 105 Freeway

California Highway Patrol officials say Interstate 105 was shutdown early Sunday by amateur racers. Dozens were arrested.
California Highway Patrol officials say Interstate 105 was shutdown early Sunday by amateur racers. Dozens were arrested.

The California Highway Patrol says it corralled and arrested dozens after amateur racers shut down eastbound lanes of the 105 Freeway early Sunday morning. The activity sparked multiple pursuits as cars scrambled to evade officers, CHP said. 

CHP spokesman Tony Polizzi said officers closed down the 105 Freeway from Crenshaw to Vermont Ave in South L.A. after drivers attempted to take it over.

Polizzi said officers with the L.A. police and Sheriff's departments took part in the effort, which netted arrests for everything from narcotics possession and outstanding warrants to DUIs and possession of stolen firearms and vehicles.

Polizzi said Sunday's attempt to takeover the freeway comes as a growing number of similar gatherings on streets throughout the city.

"This growing situation draws in spectators who create a public safety hazard through their unsafe driving, obstruction of public roadways, and increasingly violent behavior,'' Polizzi said. "These events have directly impacted public access to roadways, businesses and private property."

A number of participants posted video of the events, most tagged #CrenshawShutdown and #FreewayTakeover, to Instagram and Twitter, several of which purported to show fights and gunfire.

Instagram: FreewayTakeover

Polizzi says it's not yet clear how many were arrested Sunday morning. The department will release those numbers and more details Monday morning, he added. 

There were no injuries reported.