Police in Richmond, Virginia, not too long ago prevented a whole bunch of drivers from invading the town and performing quite a few harmful and unlawful driving actions like road racing.
Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith mentioned police initially caught wind of the occasion on social media.
“Their total level was to return to Richmond, particularly Richmond, to do burnouts, doughnuts and different unlawful actions on the streets of Richmond,” the chief defined.
The occasion, known as RVA 2.0, was being promoted closely on social media.
“We watch social media fairly a bit, monitoring for any unlawful actions and issues that may assist us within the investigation, and we got here throughout it, and we began to observe it very carefully,” Smith mentioned.
Police reported that round 300 automobiles confirmed up at evening on the weekend of February 19, and met at numerous areas, together with the SouthSide Plaza parking zone. When officers broke up one assembly, the group would transfer to a different location.
Officers ended up disrupting six completely different areas the place drivers have been racing, and issued 45 citations over the course of the evening for reckless driving, operating purple lights, unlawful window tinting and different violations.
One particular person was arrested and charged with a felony for fleeing police. His automotive was then impounded.
A Virginia State Police helicopter additionally assisted police within the operation, serving to to trace the teams driving all through the town. The chief famous that drivers got here from everywhere in the area, together with D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
“Our message is obvious and easy: We is not going to tolerate this exercise on the streets of Richmond, and we are going to strictly implement the regulation in terms of probably endangering the lives of others,” Smith mentioned. “I’m happy with how our officers stopped efforts to wreak havoc on the town of Richmond; they prevented what may have been a really tragic occasion.”