MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Street takeovers are impacting communities across the state. Crowds of people are blocking roads and vehicle drivers are engaging in dangerous maneuvers.
Incidents in Tolland, Waterbury, Southington and Naugatuck have departments banning together. Police said people are coming across state lines to participate, and that word of these street takeovers is spread through social media.
If people see these activities taking place, they are asked to avoid engaging.
“There are volatile situations. You need to either wait for them to leave because they’re only there for 15 to 20 minutes, or find an alternate route, do not approach them. Call 911 immediately,” Connecticut State Police spokesperson Sergeant Christine Jeltema said.
On May 6, police tried to break up one of these incidents at 1201 East Main St. in Meriden.
“They were racing cars, squealing tires, loud music, people using loud speakers and setting off fireworks,” Meriden Deputy Chief Jeremiah Scully said.
Video from Meriden police shows individuals surrounding a cruiser. The individuals then begin jumping on the vehicle’s hood. The incident resulted in nearly $2,000 in damage to the cruiser.
Two individuals were arrested:
- 19-year-old Tatiana Ortiz
- 22-year-old Shawn Mills
Police still need help identifying the individuals in the photos below. Police said they believe this person was reaching for a gun.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Meriden Police Department.