Several law enforcement agencies joined forces to crack down on illegal activity related to an underground car show at Monte Vista Crossings on Friday.
Turlock Police Department, Modesto Police Department, Ceres Police Department, Patterson Police Department, Newman Police Department and California Highway Patrol teamed up as part of the Countywide Integrated Traffic Enforcement (CITE) team in Turlock.
Authorities had received dozens of complaints regarding illegal and dangerous behavior going on with a group of people who were gathering in the Safeway parking lot, near the In-N-Out Burger.
These people would gather for a non-permitted “car show” to display their custom vehicles. Behavior allegedly evolved to include reckless driving in the parking lot, illegal narcotics use, alcohol consumption, intimidation of other customers, battery and racing.
Officers issued about 60 citations for illegally modified vehicles, made seven arrests for driving while suspended or unlicensed, and a juvenile was arrested for DUI and an outstanding warrant during the three-hour operation.
Officers dressed in plain clothes had gone to the “car show” on a prior date where they witnessed and recorded many of these illegal behaviors.
“This was not the case of one upset person. I have personally observed the behavior in and around the parking lot and the racing on Highway 99 endangering many lives,” said Turlock Traffic Unit Supervisor Sergeant Neil Cervenka.
It is believed that many of these violators were part of a group that gathered in Modesto, but a previous CITE operation disrupted them.