AUSTIN, Texas – An Arlington man who police say did donuts and burnouts in Austin over the weekend was arrested and charged.
Videos on social media showed people throwing fireworks at officers who tried to break up the takeover.
Austin’s police chief said there were four separate street takeovers throughout the night and early morning, pushing Austin’s limited police resources to the limit.
According to court documents, 23-year-old Jerry Gore was in a Camaro driving at the intersection of the I-35 access road and East Anderson Lane late Saturday night when DPS troopers arrived. The police say he was one of hundreds of people who took part in the takeovers.
Officers said the Camaro and a Dodge Charger nearly struck pedestrians standing in the roadway.
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When a DPS trooper turned on the sirens, the cars took off and reached speeds in excess of 150 miles per hour, according to an arrest affidavit.
The Camaro, which was followed by a DPS helicopter, eventually stopped at a 7-Eleven.
Troopers found numerous magazines and two loaded firearms inside the vehicle, according to court documents. One of the guns was a short-barreled rifle that was confirmed stolen in Dallas.
Gore reportedly told troopers he drove from North Texas to Austin specifically for the street takeover.
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While Gore was in custody, troopers noted that he made a chant saying, “there were guns in the car.”
Gore was arrested for theft of a firearm, evading arrest with a motor vehicle, blocking a highway during exhibition, reckless driving and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Timeline of Austin Street Takeovers
At a press conference Tuesday, Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon described the chaotic scenes that began around 21.00, without there being any police units to send in the first place, as they were on other calls.
Additional units were called when fireworks were thrown at the responding officers. The police managed to disperse the crowd at 9.46pm
Then less than an hour later, another takeover. That’s where investigators say they saw Gore. The police dispersed the scene.
But just before 1 a.m., a third takeover that turned even more violent.
“Officers arrived and were met by a hostile crowd that threw rocks and bottles at them and pointed lasers at them and vehicles,” Chacon said.
The car clubs just kept going to other areas of the city, communicating through encrypted messages.
The chaos continued until 4am
“We had an officer sustain a non-life threatening injury,” Chacon said.
The chief says he was aware of a tip from San Antonio before Saturday night about a takeover incident, but had no specific information about when or where.
A reporter asked the chief if he would consider creating a specialized street racing task force, as Dallas police did, that would travel citywide in 2020.
“The staffing is not at a level where I can create another specialized unit,” he said.
A street race in Dallas turned deadly in April 2021 when 54-year-old Lynetta Washington was killed by gunfire. DPD later increased the crackdown with tickets and arrests.
A DPD spokeswoman said most street races now take place in the surrounding Dallas suburbs.