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Fresno Sideshow Watchers Confront CHP Officer, Damage Vehicle

FRESNO (CBS SF) – Dozens of people confronted a California Highway Patrol officer attempting to stop a sideshow in Fresno over the weekend, damaging his patrol vehicle.

According to CBS affiliate KGPE, the officer spotted a group of 40 people putting on a sideshow Sunday afternoon.

Authorities said the officer tried to pull over one of the vehicles performing stunts in an intersection. When the officer returned to his SUV, the crowd yelled at the officer, and began to strike the vehicle, breaking windows and causing $12,000 in damage.

The officer was not injured.

According to the Fresno Bee, police said there were many reports of street racing in Fresno on Sunday, with most of the drivers appearing to be from out of town. Police said witnesses posted videos of local street races using the hashtag #Bay2Fresno.

Several videos uploaded to social media over the weekend purportedly show drivers doing donuts on Fresno-area roadways, with drivers apparently shutting down a local freeway in one instance. CBS San Francisco has not independently confirmed the authenticity of the videos, and some of the videos have since been taken down.

Police said some suspects have been identified, but no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Fresno Police at 559-621-7000 or the Crime Stoppers hotline at 559-498-7867.

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