Hundreds of cars cause chaos as they drive through Simsbury

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Published: Mar. 25, 2023 at 2:30 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2023 at 10:28 AM EDT
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SIMSBURY, Conn. (WFSB) - You might not have heard of a “takeover”, but this latest trend is causing trouble for local towns and cities.

The most recent incident happened in Simsbury on Friday around 11:30 p.m. Police say around 200 cars drove through Simsbury, revving engines and doing donuts in parking lots.

According to reports, drivers did donuts at Simsbury High and Chubb among other spots.

The drivers came through Windsor, Bloomfield, and down Route 189 into Simsbury.

Simsbury police attempted to stop the drivers twice, but the drivers did not stop.

Police say Friday night’s events are part of a growing trend called “takeovers”.

“These takeovers often occur in intersections where they block the entire intersection and rip donuts,” according to Simsbury police.

While police don’t believe they blocked intersections in Simsbury, other towns have reported these takeovers block busy stretches of road and often leave damage.

The town of Wethersfield experienced something similar last September when a group of drivers convened in a small neighborhood, driving recklessly and causing a disturbance late at night.

Police posted several videos of them trying to initiate motor vehicle stops during this incident.

Bloomfield police also released a statement about these types of takeovers.

The police department says Bloomfield has also been impacted by takeovers as the weather gets warmer. Officials say takeovers are illegal, dangerous, and irresponsible.

“The practice is done by dozens of motorcycles, ATVs, and cars that flood public streets and causing public traffic to come to a stop,” says Bloomfield PD.

Their full statement can be seen here:

Police are asking anyone who might see this activity in the future to report it.