Motorcycle stunt riders flood St. Louis highways
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– As many as 1,700 motorcycle stunt riders converged on St. Louis this weekend for a series of wild highway rides that police call dangerous, reckless, and illegal.
The Streetfighterz Ride of the Century draws riders from all over the country who perform outrageous stunt on their motorcycles in traffic at highway speeds.
The group held its ride there last year, too, and police admit they were not ready for it.
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch said that they simply didn’t know the group was coming, and it overwhelmed 911 dispatchers with calls about the highway antics.
This year, police promised plenty of extra officers on the roads. They used new tactics in attempt to keep the roads safer.
St. Louis County Police relased the statistics related to any crime that may have been associated with the “Ride of the Century”.
County police say that although there was some crime there were no fatal accidents, assaults or property damage reported. These numbers are police information from Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16.
Total Enforcement Numbers:
- Related Calls for Service: 76
- 63 Citations
- 19 Arrests (two drug arrests, 1 warrant arrest, all others were traffic arrests)
- 18 Towed motorcycles
- 3 guns seized
- 2 drug arrests
- 1 vehicle accident