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San Antonio police say street racing 'will not be tolerated;' More than a dozen arrested

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San Antonio police say street racing 'will not be tolerated;' More than a dozen arrested
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SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Police Department said it is cracking down on street racers who spent part of the weekend blocking streets, doing donuts and throwing things at officers who attempted to break up the dangerous activity.

In a Facebook post, SAPD announced the arrest of one suspect, identified as 20-year-old Jesus Torres, who is accused of throwing a bottle that injured an officer at Bandera Road and Skyview.

Caption: San Antonio police say street racing 'will not be tolerated;' More than a dozen arrested (Photo: SBG San Antonio)

Investigators say they were called to the intersection on Sunday night because hundreds of drivers blocked the road while others did donuts in the intersection. Some of the people also threw things at officers who showed up.

Police say Torres took off after throwing the bottle, but a police helicopter was able to track the car until investigators could catch up. Torres is now charged with assault on a peace officer and evading arrest. Two others in the car were also arrested.

"These individuals that are engaging in this activity are not thinking about the consequences,” said Officer Doug Greene, a public information officer with the San Antonio Police Department.

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"This reckless activity will not be tolerated. SAPD will continue to be proactive against this behavior," SAPD states in the post.

In all, police say they arrested 16 people over the weekend and issued more than 100 tickets related to street racing around the city.

The owner of the San Antonio Event Center says since they opened 12 years ago, they haven't been vandalized once.

That changed over the weekend and the owner believes street racers are to blame.

"We’’re not trying to crash the party and tell them they don't have to appreciate their cars we just want them to be responsible,” Greene said. “Lately here the activity they're engaging in is not responsible at all.”

SAPD has a dedicated tip line to take down reports of street racing. The number to call is 210-225-TIPS.

In September, hundreds of drivers blocked several San Antonio-area highways while some did donuts and lit fireworks in the main lanes of Highway 90.

“I really don't know the exact reason why we're seeing an uptick in this but we do know some of these car clubs are communicating with each other,” Greene said.

Greene says these gatherings can often lead to other criminal activity.

"We're talking about assaults, public intoxication, criminal mischief, criminal trespassing,” Greene said.

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