A Maryland man was charged with reckless driving and going 90 mph in a 35 mph zone after drivers stopped visitors on the Capital Beltway on Saturday so a driver may do doughnuts in the course of the freeway. 

Jonathan C. Iraheta, 20, of Beltsville, was charged with six visitors citations and fined greater than $1,800, Maryland State Police mentioned Monday. 

A line of automobiles stopped all visitors on the Outer Loop of the Beltway for a number of minutes on Saturday at about 7 p.m., visitors digicam footage noticed by WTOP confirmed.

The driving force of a sports activities automobile did doughnuts many times as a number of folks on foot watched and even acquired near the automobile. Different drivers spun their again wheels, sending smoke over the freeway as a protracted line of drivers waited to get going.

State police acquired a number of calls Saturday night time reporting “drivers in high-performance autos blocking the highway and spinning wheels,” police mentioned in an announcement. 

A trooper was instantly dispatched to the scene, and different police businesses have been referred to as to help, police mentioned. 

Because the trooper responded, Prince George’s County police acquired a name reporting that the group was on Route 212. The trooper moved to that location and noticed an orange 2020 Dodge Charger “being operated recklessly on westbound Rt. 212 at I-95.” 

The trooper stopped the driving force, Iraheta, and issued citations for: touring 90 mph in a posted 35 mph zone, reckless driving, negligent driving, aggressive driving, following too intently and unsafe lane change.

The trooper discovered {that a} short-term tag on the automobile “had apparently been altered in an try to hide the precise tag numbers.” State police seized the car pending investigation. 

Police mentioned they will’t verify whether or not Iraheta was the driving force doing doughnuts on the Beltway; he was charged in offenses on Route 212, not there, a spokesman mentioned. 

It wasn’t clear if Iraheta had an lawyer.

Maryland State Police say a crackdown on rushing and reckless driving is underway. A whole lot of citations have been issued. The police division slammed harmful drivers. 

“Clearly, driving conduct witnessed on the Capital Beltway and Rt. 212 yesterday is illegal, harmful and a whole disregard for the security and comfort of others on the freeway. The Maryland State Police will proceed to take instant and strict enforcement motion at any time when doable when these incidents happen,” police mentioned. 

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