Massive street race in Saint-Louis investigated
ST. LOUIS – Saint-Louis officials are speaking out following a weekend of bad behavior linked to a large-scale street racing event and restaurant that was recently declared a public nuisance.
The Downtown Public Safety and Engagement Initiative had ordered Reign to shut down, but the Washington Avenue business faces more problems.
“We have informed the public of the closure. They don’t have a liquor license. The company was reported with a nuisance reduction order and no occupancy permit, ”said Dan Isom, the city’s acting director of public safety.
Just a week after authorities ordered Reign to shut down for a year for public nuisance, the nightclub violated orders by hosting an event on Friday night.
“No arrests were made on Friday, no summons have been issued at the company since we remedied the shutdown, and the city councilor’s office is evaluating next steps in the case and continues to hold public informed, ”Isom said.
The decision came after a public nuisance reduction hearing on September 20, where police linked a spate of shootings and assaults in Reign in August and early September.
Reign’s liquor license has been suspended after video evidence of a shooting that took place in December 2020 was revealed.
Also over the weekend, authorities said a group called Circle St Louis organized a regional street racing event via social media with nearly 500 participants. Police identified some participants via video and photos.
“I want to be clear that this behavior that this group has engaged in is dangerous and has heavily taxed the officers who answered the call all night,” Isom said. “We will… deal with these events as they occur in the future.”
Reign will be the subject of another city hearing next Thursday for the recent violations.