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Cars do donuts in middle of Shockoe Bottom street; business owners troubled

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Posted at 7:45 PM, Aug 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-22 22:02:59-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police said dozens of people shut down traffic overnight in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom early Sunday morning.

Some people used their cellphones to record cars doing donuts in the middle of the street near 18th and Main streets.

Business owners were concerned that there were no officers in sight.

However, Officer Phon Hoonsan with Richmond Police said police responded to multiple calls about reckless driving, including a "burn run/car doughnuts" at 18th and East Main around 1:35 a.m.

By the time officers arrived, one car was cited for illegal parking, but police did not see any "reckless driving or illegal behavior," Hoonsan said.

David Napier, Shockoe's neighborhood association president, said he will speak about the video Monday.

Crime Insider Jon Burkett sent the video to Mayor Levar Stoney, but he had not yet responded as of Sunday evening.

If you have information that could help police, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit a tip online at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.

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