23 arrested in stunt motorcycle crackdown near I-70 in St. Louis

A gathering of stunt motorcyclists in the St. Louis region is off to a testy start.

St. Louis police on Thursday night arrested 23 people and towed 24 motorcycles from an area near Interstate 70.

Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson says officers saw about 40 motorcyclists driving recklessly through the city. She says they were doing stunts on city streets, running red lights, driving on sidewalks and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Jackson says the motorcyclists fled when police approached.

Those caught are expected to be charged with careless and reckless driving. Fifteen of the suspects are from outside the St. Louis area.

The riders are in St. Louis for the annual "Ride of the Century" gathering sponsored by a St. Louis stunt team known as Streetfighterz.