AUSTIN — The City of Austin has arrested at least one man in response to multiple “street takeovers.”

On Saturday, between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 1:00 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to four street takeover incidents at the following  locations:

  • Payton Gin and Ohlen roads
  • The 9900 block of South Interstate 35
  • The 400 block of Center Ridge Drive
  • Barton Springs Road and South Lamar Boulevard


In the first incident, Austin police reported almost 50 cars full of teenagers doing doughnut burnouts on Payton Gin and Ohlen roads in north Austin. However, DPS reports indicate that around 100 vehicles were present at the incident.

Additionally, DPS says the incident led to a wreck as the driver of a white Mustang with its headlights off traveled at high speeds in an attempt to evade a DPS trooper. As the driver maneuvered through traffic at dangerous speeds, the Mustang crashed into a Toyota Camry.

Austin-Travis County EMS reported three injured after the accident, including the driver of the white Mustang.

Although DPS did not release details on how many arrests they made in connection to these street takeover incidents, Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that “dangerous street takeovers will not be tolerated in Texas.”

Notably, Austin city officials announced last month that Austin would end its partnership with the Texas Department of Public Safety, which has been assisting Austin PD due to staffing shortages.

However, Abbott responded that the DPS’ jurisdiction covers “every square inch of Texas.”

Despite DPS’ assistance, APD currently has more than 300 vacant positions.

Matthew DeLaCruz

Matthew DeLaCruz is a Cedar Park native and is a sophomore journalism and mass communications major at Abilene Christian University. Matthew is a summer writing fellow at Texas Scorecard and loves bringing relevant stories to citizens. When he is not writing, you can catch Matthew lifting weights, playing basketball and eating ice cream with his friends.