Sideshow participants lead officers on two dangerous pursuits Friday night
On Friday, November 26th, 2021, at 11:12 pm, a Turlock Police officer near the intersection of Atlanta Ct and Venture Ln, Turlock, on-viewed several vehicles doing donuts at a sideshow on Atlanta Ct. Additional units responded to the area to begin attempting traffic stops.
An officer attempted to stop a silver Lexus sedan for reckless driving that was westbound on W Linwood Ave from Venture Ln. The vehicle’s driver did not want to stop and a pursuit was initiated. The vehicle went northbound on N Walnut Rd and then eastbound on W Main St. The officer lost sight of it near W Main St and State Route 99 as it turned off all of its lights. Speeds during the pursuit reached a high of approximately 70 miles per hour. The officer was able to get the vehicle’s license plate and follow-up will be conducted. The vehicle was registered locally to an address here in Turlock.
Another officer attempted to stop a gray Lexus sedan for not having any license plates displayed that was southbound on Lander Ave from W Linwood Ave. That vehicle’s driver also did not want to stop and a pursuit was initiated. That vehicle went northbound on State Route 99 from Lander Ave. The on-duty watch commander terminated the pursuit due to its reckless nature. Speeds during that pursuit reached a high of approximately 100 miles per hour.
Sideshows became a problem here in Turlock in the summer of 2020. They stopped in the late summer of 2021 after the police department began conducting very aggressive enforcement, citing as many people and towing as many vehicles as they possibly could, however, it appears that they are starting again.