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'Lives at risk': Sideshows pose problems for arrests, prosecutions

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Tires squealing, onlookers cheering and troublemakers filming the car stunts that fill Bakersfield’s roads with smoke all unfold when so-called sideshows or takeovers block major intersections.

But a dearth of resources by local law enforcement doesn’t lead to wide-scale arrests and the prosecution or perpetrators, according to The Californian’s data analysis of arrests. Questions about dismantling sideshows have risen across the state and locally, with residents asking what can be done, especially after a recent incident led to 40 arrests.

You can reach Ishani Desai at 661-395-7417. You can also follow her at @_ishanidesai on Twitter. 

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