On Friday, May 11, at 10pm, the Riverside Sheriff’s Department Street Racing and Takeover Enforcement Team, in partnership with the Riverside Police Department Air Support Unit, took direct enforcement action against approximately 100 vehicles that had converged and shut down the intersection of Palmyrita X Mount Vernon, Highgrove.
Once the suspects, along with several hundred aiders and abettors, had taken over the intersection they began operating their vehicles in a reckless and dangerous manner often referred to as, “Sideshows,” not to mention causing thousands of dollars of damage to the public roadway. With additional assistance from Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley, Perris, and Riverside Police Department deputies and officers, the crowd was dispersed and multiple citations were subsequently issued throughout the area for crimes related to the event.
An active participant directly involved in the street takeover was identified by a deputy assigned to the Street Racing and Takeover Enforcement Team as he attempted to flee from the area. The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the vehicle refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued. During the pursuit the driver reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour on city roads in a reckless and grossly negligent manner.
With the assistance of the Riverside Police Department Air Support Unit, the vehicle was tracked as it continued into San Bernardino County and attempted to hide from pursuing ground units. Ground units subsequently contained the vehicle in a business parking lot in the area of Washington X Waterman, Loma Linda, and took the driver into custody without incident with the assistance of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies. It was discovered at that time there was a juvenile passenger in the vehicle during the entire course of the pursuit.
The driver of the vehicle, Jovanni Bello, 19, a resident of San Bernardino, was arrested for multiple felony charges related to attempting to evade law enforcement and child endangerment. Additionally, Bello was also charged with crimes related to the street takeover and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. Bello was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center, and currently has a bail set at $100,000.
Illegal street racing, street takeovers, and sideshows are a dangerous, destructive, and far too often a deadly event in Riverside County. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with local allied agencies, are taking a zero-tolerance approach to this illegal activity in an effort to reduce the cost to taxpayers having to repair the damages caused by these events, but most importantly to reduce the danger to the public caused by the participants of these events who often drive their vehicles with wanton disregard for public safety. Participants, aiders and abettors, and retailers supplying and installing the illegal equipment often found on the vehicles at these events will be identified through collaborative law enforcement efforts and prosecuted for the multitude of crimes resulting from these illegal acts.
Anyone with information pertaining to locations in your area where this type of illegal activity is taking place, or with any information pertaining to illegal street racing, sideshows, or planned street take overs is encouraged to contact Sergeant D. Ponder at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station (951) 955-2600 or at Riverside Sheriff’s Dispatch (951) 776-1099
Press Release Provided By the Riverside County Sheriffs Department