Las Palmas community sees the ‘worst sideshow yet’

Car sideshows near the small gated community of Las Palmas is nothing new, but residents call Friday’s incident the worst one yet.”This has happened before but there’s never been a crowd attracted. It’s just been maybe four, five cars, they do the donuts, neighbors call the cops, and eventually they respond. It dissipates,” one resident said. According to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, more than 75 residents reported that 40 to 50 cars were racing, pulling donuts, blocking exits and setting off fireworks on River Road at about 10 a.m.”I felt like kind of scared because what happens if they come here?” a child resident said.Before police arrived, residents confronted spectators and drivers, resulting in violence. When a female resident tried to take a photo of an attendee’s license plate, 20-year-old Danielle Becerra stepped out of the car and allegedly attacked the resident. Becerra was arrested and charged with a felony for great bodily injury. “She had marks, internal injuries, we just wouldn’t know. She’d been punched several times in the head and had been choked twice,” Monterey County Sheriff Commander Derrel Simpson said. Eventually, eight deputies arrived on the scene and the sideshow began to disperse, but participants moved to two different locations over the next hour.Meanwhile, a 17-year-old male driver led police on a high-speed chase, reaching 100 miles per hour. While police lost him on multiple occasions, the teenager was later apprehended at his Greenfield home. The teenager now faces a count of reckless evading of a police officer. Multiple residents say police took too long to respond to the call. “When I called they said already 40 people had called and still nothing was happening. I was waiting to see the police come and I never saw them come,” a resident said. In response, Simpson says sometimes they are working with limited resources that are available in the area.Multiple residents said this is not the first time a sideshow has occurred on River Road. The most recent incident residents recall was about a month ago.

Car sideshows near the small gated community of Las Palmas is nothing new, but residents call Friday’s incident the worst one yet.

“This has happened before but there’s never been a crowd attracted. It’s just been maybe four, five cars, they do the donuts, neighbors call the cops, and eventually they respond. It dissipates,” one resident said.

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According to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, more than 75 residents reported that 40 to 50 cars were racing, pulling donuts, blocking exits and setting off fireworks on River Road at about 10 a.m.

“I felt like kind of scared because what happens if they come here?” a child resident said.

Before police arrived, residents confronted spectators and drivers, resulting in violence.

When a female resident tried to take a photo of an attendee’s license plate, 20-year-old Danielle Becerra stepped out of the car and allegedly attacked the resident.

Becerra was arrested and charged with a felony for great bodily injury.

“She had marks, internal injuries, we just wouldn’t know. She’d been punched several times in the head and had been choked twice,” Monterey County Sheriff Commander Derrel Simpson said.

Eventually, eight deputies arrived on the scene and the sideshow began to disperse, but participants moved to two different locations over the next hour.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old male driver led police on a high-speed chase, reaching 100 miles per hour. While police lost him on multiple occasions, the teenager was later apprehended at his Greenfield home.

The teenager now faces a count of reckless evading of a police officer.

Multiple residents say police took too long to respond to the call.

“When I called they said already 40 people had called and still nothing was happening. I was waiting to see the police come and I never saw them come,” a resident said.

In response, Simpson says sometimes they are working with limited resources that are available in the area.

Multiple residents said this is not the first time a sideshow has occurred on River Road. The most recent incident residents recall was about a month ago.

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