Mayor: Antioch hit by numerous sideshows, police arrest eleven people, stolen vehicles seized

Antioch police arrested 11 people after the city was hit by an “unprecedented” number of carnival rides screeching tires on Saturday, Mayor Lamar Hernandez-Thorpe said.

Ten sideshows – events that typically feature young people smoking tires and performing driving stunts in souped-up cars surrounded by cheering crowds blocking streets or intersections – took place in Antioch after 2 p.m. Saturday, Hernandez-Thorpe said in a Facebook video posted around 10 p.m. Saturday.

“It's very disappointing,” Thorpe said. “It's unfortunate to see so many young people wandering around these streets.”

The mayor promised that the drivers and some of their parents would be held accountable.

By early Sunday afternoon, 11 people had been arrested for attending a fair or possessing stolen cars, the mayor said in a second Facebook post. Two stolen vehicles had been seized and six cars had been impounded, he said.

Hernandez-Thorpe said he expects more arrests.