ST. LOUIS – A large gathering on a Sunday with nice weather is a St. Louis tradition. However, stay-at-home orders are in place and people are not supposed to be meeting in large groups. This past Sunday, though, that didn’t happen.
The event on Broadway in downtown St. Louis resembled a scene from the Fast and Furious movies. Muscle cars and dirt bikes drifting down the street and performing stunts as hundreds of onlooker’s watched.
“Yea, it’s crazy,” said Mayor Lyda Krewson.
Krewson says the gathering showed a clear disregard for the stay-at-home and social distancing order she’ has put in place.
“One is its unsafe and two it takes up a lot of our resources,” she said.
The mayor says it took about 20 police officers to break up the gathering. A St. Louis City Police spokesperson tells Fox 2 that three motorcyclists were arrested for careless and reckless driving.
After leaving downtown the drivers went to other locations like Hall Street and Fairground Park. The gathering did not end until 3:00 am Monday.
“What, I guess is being done for fun, is really not all that fun when somebody ends up getting hurt,” the mayor said. “So, it is aggravating.”
Skid marks from burnt rubber still mark the ground. Business owners near the location of the gathering opted not to speak on camera due to potential retaliation, but they’re hoping something is done.