SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – Weekend nights in Robert Wahoer’s San Jose neighborhood are usually pretty quiet – that is until early Sunday morning.
Mobile bans on attendees and spectators moved out of the streets of Oakland, where they have been gathering for illegal street racing for months, and apparently decided to move the venue to South Bay this weekend.
“Nothing until tonight,” said Wahoer of the normally quiet weekend nights in his neighborhood in East Hamilton and Leigh, San Jose. “We have a sideline.”
When asked how often shows were shown in the neighborhood, Wahoer said, “Never!”
He said he fell asleep around 1:30 am when the screeching of the tires woke him up. There were gunshots too – a growing trend at shows, as attendees fired guns into the air to show their approval.
Wahoer said he was disappointed with the police reaction.
“I called (911) and what comes up is like a (patrol) car,” he said. “What is a car going to do?”
San Jose police said when officers arrived there were about 25 to 30 vehicles and about 100 spectators on the sideshow in East Hamilton and Leigh.
“No arrests have been made, two have been quoted,” Officer Steve Aponte said in an email. “No injuries were reported.”
Videos also have a sideline at Lundy and Concourse in the late Saturday evening / Sunday morning hours. San Jose police said sideshows also took place on Capitol Expressway and Aborn Rd, as well as Branham Lane and Monterey Highway.
Lundy and Concourse attendees started fireworks as cars spun donuts at the intersection and cheered dozens of spectators who had gathered to watch.
There was also a sideline in Sunnyvale in which the responding officers appeared to have made at least a handful of traffic stops.