FREMONT — In the wake of sideshow activity Sunday night that left a police cruiser damaged, police will sit down this week to assess ways to tamp down a possible seasonal increase.
“We do tend to see an increase during the holidays,” Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said Monday. “From time to time, we have it in the city’s north and south ends, but not at this volume.”
Just before 11:05 p.m. Sunday, Fremont firefighters called to report several hundred vehicles along stretches of Lakeview Boulevard just west of Interstate 880, police said.
When officers arrived, they found several cars driving in circles and upward of a hundred people running away. Officers made a few traffic stops, finding people selling spare tires for sideshow participants who damaged their vehicles’ tires, and registrations from Vallejo, San Lorenzo, Oakland, and Antioch. Officers also towed a four-door 1990 Lexus found to have false registration tags, citing and releasing its driver.
Officers soon learned the sideshow participants had regrouped in the 900 block of Page Avenue at Milmont Drive and went to clear that area.
During that sweep, a suspect threw a large rock at an occupied Fremont police car, knocking its passenger-side window out. California Highway Patrol officers, who responded to the incident, told Fremont police their vehicles took similar damage.
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“Safety of drivers, bystanders, and uninvolved motorists are our top priorities,” Bosques said. “But our officers haven’t seen this level of violence against us.”
The sideshow drivers eventually drove south along both lanes of Milmont toward Milpitas and did not return. Fremont police alerted Milpitas police of the drivers.