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Coronavirus: Sideshow participant in Richmond arrested for violating public gathering rules

RICHMOND — A suspected sideshow participant was arrested Sunday night for violating the cononavirus public gathering ban as well as vehicle code violations, authorities said.

The 19-year-old Pleasanton man’s  car was also towed by police.

Police said Monday that the arrest resulted from a police response to a sideshow that happened about 10 p.m. Sunday in the area of San Pablo and Solano avenues, one of several in the city.

Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy said the incident involved approximately 20 vehicles and 100 spectators at the intersection.

As officers arrived on scene, spectators began throwing objects at police vehicles. No injuries were reported.

An officer saw a silver BMW doing donuts in the intersection and the vehicle fled when police tried to do an enforcement stop, Pomeroy said.

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Police stopped the vehicle almost seven blocks away and arrested the driver.

He was arrested for a state Health and Safety Code violation of a county health order dealing with communicable disease prevention and control as well as reckless driving and evading police. He was cited and released from the Richmond jail.  The BMW was towed with a 30-day hold placed on it.

There were no other reports of arrests or citations.

Last weekend, Oakland police dealt with several sideshows including one that attracted hundreds of participants and spectators in the area of 38th Avenue and International Boulevard. Fourteen people were cited — none for shelter in place violations — and a dozen vehicles towed.

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