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St. Louis County: 19 Arrests from ‘Ride of the Century’ Event

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis County police say unlike last year the annual stunt motorcyclist riding event, Streetfighterz Ride of the Century 2012, was contained over the weekend.

Police say of the 25-hundred motorcyclists that descended on the area 63 of them were issued tickets, and 19 arrests made, including two drug arrests and one person on an outstanding warrant. Eighteen motorcycles were towed. Three guns were seized.

Police from almost every department in the region were on board for the event. Even helicopters were used to spot riders doing stunts. Police cars were also on the ground used “rolling roadblocks” and positioning their cars side by side ahead of the riders to slow them down.

Friday night in south county, a rider doing stunts weaved into the path of a car on I-55 and was run over. The rider got up, dusted himself off, and rode away.

Saturday there were at least three accidents involving motorcycles. None of the injuries are believed to be serious. By Sunday, most of the motorcycles had disappeared.

Last year, authorities dealt with numerous complaints about dangerous driving such as motorcycles zooming around cars and driving into traffic. Two motorcyclists were killed in 2011 and another lost a leg.

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