ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A group of 23 motorcycle riders were arrested in St. Louis Thursday night, just days before Sunday`s 'Ride of the Century.'
Shortly after 9:00 P.M. Thursday, St. Louis City police cars descended on bikers filling up at two gas stations near Salisbury Street near Interstate 70.
Along with the 23 arrests on charges of Careless and Reckless driving, 24 bikes were impounded--- apparently one rider ran away and left his ride behind.
Police say those arrested were part of a group of about 40 bikers spotted driving wildly through the city, performing stunts, disobeying traffic lights, driving on the sidewalk, driving on one wheel and even driving in the wrong direction.
Chris Emery of Mascoutah, Illinois was one of the riders arrested.
'Everybody was riding safeand we were just out enjoying the night we did not expect at all to have this happen, but it is what it is, so pay the fees, get out of town, and don`t come back,' Emery said.
One rider not out with the group arrested, but planning to join the Ride of the Century Sunday is Jason Cadell of St. Charles.
And he is concerned the police crack could make matters worse.
'It will chase some people awaybut it turns into a cat and mouse game and some people are going to come for the thrill of agitating the police,' Cadell said.
According to police, 15 of those arrested were from outside the region, three were from Illinois and five were from Missouri.
Police say seven of the 24 bikes they confiscated may be illegally registered.
The Ride of the Century is sponsored by a local group called Streetfighterz Productions.
It has grown to be one of the largest rides in the country.
Police warn stunt bikers to obey law this weekend
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