SAN FRANCISCO, CA (WMC) - In the San Francisco Bay area, they call it a "sideshow." But police call this one dangerous, stupid, and illegal. Police busted two drivers there after they decided to shut down the important Bay Bridge by doing donuts in their muscle cars.
According to the California Highway Patrol San Francisco Facebook page, three vehicles shut down the bridge with an illegal "sideshow." A "sideshow" is Northern California slang an impromptu, informal stunt show usually put on in vacant lots and on the streets. But these guys, driving two Mustangs and a Camaro apparently decided to shut down the bridge with one Sunday. Police say it started with the trio speeding across the bridge at 90 miles per hour, swerving in and out of traffic, nearly hitting other cars.
Other drivers started calling police when the drivers began doing donuts across all lanes of the bridge. One driver also caught the mayhem on her cell phone.
With traffic shut down, it really wasn't hard for police to catch two of the drivers. They simply waited at the foot of the bridge. When they two Mustangs came off, they were pulled over. The woman who took pictures pulled over two and identified the drivers. One driver was ticketed, the other arrested and his black 5.0 Mustang impounded.
"I'm pleased the CHP was able to apprehend the subjects responsible for this unsafe and disruptive behavior," said San Francisco Area Commander Christopher Sherry. "A recklessly driven vehicle is a deadly weapon. If one chooses to drive recklessly, they could be jailed, be fatally injured, or take someone's life; perhaps the life of someone they love. The majority of the motoring public does not think this type of behavior, specifically shutting down freeways and bridges is acceptable."
Sounds like the guy in the Camaro got away though.
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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.