California Police Break Up 300 People Watching Cars Turn Donuts In Street During Coronavirus Lockdown

Hundreds of people gathered in the street in California to watch cars drive in circles, forcing the police to intervene.

Around 300 people and up to 150 cars were at the scene in Sacramento, the California Highway Patrol said. One driver was arrested after they crashed into a patrol car while attempting to flee.

The driver, Christian Alvarado Michaca, aged 18, from Santa Rosa, was taken into custody and booked into the Sacramento County Jail for felony evading.

Two juvenile passengers, aged 16 and 17, were transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. The officer of the patrol vehicle that was stuck sustained no injuries.

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"On April 12, 2020, at approximately 6:05 pm, the South Sacramento Area was notified of a large sideshow occurring on Florin Road at Palmer House Drive in unincorporated Sacramento County," officers wrote in a Facebook post.

"Multiple units responded and upon arriving on scene it was determined that approximately 100-150 vehicles and approximately 300 people were on scene. While attempting to stop the sideshow activity, a black Chevy Camaro attempted to evade capture from a CHP unit and fled the scene westbound on Florin Road."

They continued: "A separate CHP unit was responding to assist and was presented with the evading vehicle approaching head on with his patrol vehicle. The officer turned left and stopped as the Chevy approached his location.

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"The driver of the Chevy struck the right rear of the patrol vehicle. The Chevy lost its right front tire in the process and stopped west of the collision scene."

Large gatherings are banned across the U.S. as part of the lockdown rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

California issued a stay-at-home order on March 19, closing all non-essential businesses, such as dine-in restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and asking residents to remain inside apart from accessing essential items or services.

The order is enforceable by law, with anyone found not following the guidelines risking a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in prison, or both.

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California has more than 24,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images

According to Johns Hopkins University, California has more than 24,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 700 deaths.

"The California Highway Patrol would like to remind everyone that sideshows are not only illegal, they are extremely dangerous," California Highway Patrol added. "When you mix thousands of pounds of vehicle with speed, it takes only a second for a tragedy to occur-endangering life, risking injury, and causing property damage."

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