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Easter cruise in Santa Ana ends w/ some arrests

April 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Some people who turned out for the annual Easter cruise on Sunday night in Santa Ana, Calif. ended up in jail.

There were several arrests and citations handed out at the event. Violations ranged from failing to stop at a red light to unlicensed drivers, who then had their cars impounded.

Santa Ana police had said that they were going to have a zero tolerance policy for any kinds of trouble. Officers were expected to be out until 2 a.m. Monday to crack down on anyone breaking the law.

Some lanes of traffic were shut down to control the crowds.

Bristol Street is usually the top spot for the cruisers. But the Easter tradition has become so popular that it has spread onto other streets, including Main Street and Edinger Street.

YouTube video shows Easter cruises from years past. Police said 5,000 to 6,000 cars, as well as 10,000 to 13,000 people show up.

One of the biggest concerns has been access for emergency vehicles. This year, the city blocked off one lane along Bristol Street and Main Street to ensure that authorities could get through if needed.