Several drivers arrested, cars seized in street takeovers overnight, says SAPD chief

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police arrested several drivers and seized weapons and vehicles after a series of street takeovers overnight, according to Chief William McManus.

SAPD said there were at least four encounters that occurred near the Pearl and on the west and southwest sides.

In two separate incidents, police stopped vehicles leaving meetings and found a gun in each car. One of these encounters took place at Broadway and Josephine Street, and the other occurred at Cupples Road and Highway 90.

Both drivers were arrested for illegal carrying of weapons and possession of drugs, the police said.

In another case, a vehicle was stopped for reckless driving after leaving a meeting in the 8200 block of Marbach Road, near Horal Street. The driver was charged with reckless driving and possession of drugs, as marijuana was found in the car, the police said.

In a fourth incident, a vehicle was stopped after Department of Public Safety troopers saw a takeover in the 2300 block of SW Military Drive, near Zarzamora Street. The driver was taken into custody for a warrant.

The vehicles in each case were seized, the police said.

In a Tweet, McManus said some of the vehicles were stolen.

“Last night street racers showed up in SA,” he tweeted. “But they did not all leave, and some left without all the property they brought.”

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Recently, Governor Greg Abbott and law enforcement officials have tried to crack down on street takeovers. After a viral and violent takeover in Austin last month, Abbott assembled a task force.

“We must send a clear message that these reckless, coordinated criminal events will not be tolerated in Texas,” Abbott said in a news release. “This statewide task force will work closely with local officials and law enforcement to investigate, prosecute and prevent these dangerous street takeovers. By working together, we can ensure that Texans in communities large and small remain safe.”

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