Nationwide 'street takeover' trend reported in Bristol

Published on Wednesday, 22 June 2022 12:53
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@MUSZYNSKIBP

BRISTOL – Police on Wednesday confirmed that a nationwide trend involving illegal street racing stunts recently has hit Bristol – which may be the first instance the fad has been reported in Connecticut.

This comes days after videos on social media have been circulating, showing hundreds of cars blocking off the intersection of Farmington Avenue and Stafford Avenue while multiple vehicles in the middle performed things like “donuts” and drifting moves late Friday.

Police said they were dispatched to the intersection around 10:49 p.m. and found a slew of bystanders crowded in the streets and sidewalk area watching what was going on. They scattered when officers arrived.

No arrests were immediately made in connection with the illegal act – which police said is known around the nation as a “street takeover.” Police described the act as a “new fad.”

Police on Wednesday said the fad usually involves dangerous stunts being performed while those in the crowd watch and often record video with their phones. 

No injuries were reported Friday that police are aware of, according to Chief Brian Gould.

Gould said investigators are working to determine if this has happened anywhere else in the state. If so, multiple agencies would likely work together to determine who planned this and by what means – whether it be through social media or another form of communication – they did it.

“We know it’s definitely something our intelligence is telling us is happening in other parts of the country,” Gould said. “We’re working to figure out if it has happened anywhere else in Connecticut.”

“It’s pretty clear this was a planned event,” the chief added.

Gould said officers involved in the investigation have identified several vehicles using video surveillance from area businesses. They are working to identify as many people who were involved as they can.

Anyone with information that can assist the investigation has been asked to contact Bristol police Officer Monica Finkle at 860-584-3011 or MonicaFinkle@bristolct.gov. Those who reach out can remain anonymous, police added.

Gould said those who partook in the incident could face charges that include reckless driving, reckless endangerment and a host of other offenses. Even those who were not conducting any street racing stunts but helped block the road could be arrested.

Additionally, Gould said, individuals who were standing in the blocked off portion of the road could also be charged, as it could be considered illegal use of a highway by a pedestrian.

“There’s a host of violations we could be looking at, motor vehicle as well as criminal,” Gould said of those who participated.

Although police believe it’s unlikely this type of incident would happen again in Bristol, Gould said it’s impossible to predict behavior like this.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 22 June 2022 12:53. Updated: Wednesday, 22 June 2022 12:56.