ST. LOUIS (AP) — Officers were called to downtown St. Louis this weekend to break up crowd of between 200 and 250 stunt drivers and spectators, police said.
Officers who arrived at the scene Sunday afternoon on Fourth Street found it packed with cars and people, television station KMOV reported. The event included drivers doing burnouts in the parking lot near Busch Stadium and speeding down the street, witnesses and police said.
The crowd violated a state-issued stay-at-home order and ban on gatherings of more than 10 people as part of an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
More than a dozen police vehicles and several officers on bicycles broke up the gathering, and one person was arrested on charges police did not reveal, KMOV reported.
Mayor Lyda Krewson addressed the incident in her livestreamed press conference Monday afternoon, saying, “It’s crazy.” She acknowledged that the problem had taken up police personnel and 911 resources.
“One, it’s unsafe. And two, it takes up a lot of our resources for what I guess is being done for fun, but it’s really not all that fun when somebody ends up getting hurt. So it’s aggravating.”
MetroSTL.com staff contributed to this report.