This is NOT how to appreciate muscle cars.
Police departments across the US have been working hard to crack down on illegal street racing and other related activities, such as hooning. If you want to race, head to a track. If you want to do some donuts, find an empty parking lot. It’s that simple. Unfortunately, this guy didn’t get the memo. According to The Detroit Free Press, a bunch of Dodge Charger owners purposely blocked traffic on the city’s John C. Lodge Freeway late last week and a Twitter user managed to capture nearly the entire incident on video.
The cars’ owners took turns doing donuts on the crowded highway. All the while, traffic behind them came to a complete standstill. There was nothing that could be done until authorities arrived, which took several minutes. Angry drivers immediately began calling 911. The culprits quickly fled the scene and sped away only minutes before police arrived.
But it didn’t take long to catch at least one of them, thanks to social media. That original video garnered over 1 million views since it was posted. The police also watched the video and, lo and behold, managed to identify someone involved. A 25-year old man was soon arrested. Police identified him because of his green Charger Hellcat. He doesn’t even live in Detroit nor does he have a driver’s license. Another six vehicles have also been identified.
"We are not going to tolerate this blatant disregard for public safety in our city. More to come,” James said police chief James Craig via Facebook. Their vehicles have since been seized as well. "It's gotten to a place where there's no fear among these people," Craig told the Detroit News.
"They're blatantly disregarding the law, and putting innocent citizens at risk.” This isn’t the first time Detroit police have had to deal with street racing and related activities, which also include off-roading in ATVs. Just last month, sadly, similar illegal actions like these caused three deaths.