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When they haven’t been grappling with gang warfare this summer, police in Adams Morgan have been taking aim at individual entrepreneurs: the “car jockeys” who hang around tourist hot spots and guide autos into public parking spaces, then demand money for their services. According to Lt. Mike Gottert, the 3rd District has made more than 35 jockey arrests since the weekend of July 4, mostly on the 2300 and 2400 blocks of 18th Street NW; offenders have been cited for aggressive panhandling, which can carry a fine of up to $300 or no more than 90 days in jail for repeat offenders. Gottert says drivers often cough up a few dollars either to end an already uncomfortable encounter or out of fear that their car will be vandalized. “Most of [the jockeys] are just supplementing their income,” Gottert says, adding that many of those arrested are homeless and have prior convictions. “Usually the guys only have, like, three bucks on them when we arrest them.” Dave Jamieson