Police prepare for ‘street takeovers’ as warmer weather arrives

Police prepare for 'street takeovers' as warmer weather arrives
Published: Mar. 27, 2023 at 8:31 PM EDT
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SIMSBURY, Conn. (WFSB) - Police are keeping a close eye on the streets as the weather gets warm.

They are monitoring a growing trend called ‘street takeovers’, when a large group of cars, ATVS, and motorcycles block intersections and wreak havoc on public roads.

These ‘Street takeover’ groups have hit towns like Wethersfield in the past. More recently, a group  of 200 cars drove through Windsor, Bloomfield, and Simsbury, revving engines and doing donuts.

This all happened Friday night around 11:30 p.m. at Simsbury High School.

Neighbors say they are used to high school hijinks, but what happened Friday night was a first for them.

“All of a sudden we heard all of this noise across the street,” says John Constantine, a resident who lives near the school.

Simsbury Police tried to stop the cars twice, but the caravan kept driving.

Retired police officer and long-time Simsbury resident David Driscoll, says this type of takeover can be difficult for officers to stop in the moment.

He says stop strips are not a one-size-fits-all solution.

“Not applicable in a situation where you have that many cars. They’re just not designed that way. They’re designed more for if you’re chasing a car. The police would have to know ahead of time that this was going on,” says Driscoll.

Simsbury police are asking anyone who sees reckless driving to call the department.