Cars do donuts at the intersection of Moreland and Euclid avenues in Little Five Points in the early morning hours of Jan. 10. (Courtesy ATLScoop)

Hundreds of cars involved in street racing and stunts invaded Little Five Points and the Northside Parkway area overnight, according to the Atlanta Police Department and various social media reports.

Police scanner traffic intercepted by Citizen, the app that monitors crime activity in the city, first reported that “200 cars” were in Little Five Points blocking the intersection of Moreland and Euclid Avenues with spectators setting off fireworks just before 1 a.m. on Jan. 10. Soon after, police helicopters were buzzing over the Inman Park, Poncey-Highland, and Old Fourth Ward as the racers scattered into the neighborhoods.

Social media posts about the incident reported the street racers fleeing the Little Five Points area along North Avenue and DeKalb Avenue.

Not long after, Citizen intercepted police scanner chatter with reports that “hundreds of cars” were blocking the intersection of Northside Parkway at Northgate Drive with spectators in the street. Video of that incident later surfaced on the ATLScoop Instagram account.

According to APD spokesman Officer Steve Avery, one arrest was made in Little Five Points and two on Northside Parkway with numerous citations being issued.

Today, Jan. 11, APD reported that 13 arrests were made and 174 citations issued as part of the weekend street racing detail.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.