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Police Arrest, Cite Driver For 27 Violations After He Did Burnouts And Donuts On Major Bridge

Queen Anne’s County, MD – Police have arrested a driver who performed donuts and a burnout on the westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the way home from a car rally in Ocean City last Sunday (video below).

The incident occurred as heavy traffic was crossing the bridge on Sept. 27 and was captured on video by Maryland Department of Transportation cameras and the cell phones of numerous trapped witnesses, Fredericksburg Today reported.

The videos showed that traffic on the more than four-mile-long bridge over the Chesapeake Bay had slowed to a stop when the driver of a black car – later identified by police as 22-year-old Gary Ray Montague Jr. of Dumfries, Virginia – began doing donuts in the middle of the roadway.

Montague performed at least three donuts and a burnout in front of shocked travelers who stopped dead to avoid a dangerous collision with the smoking car.

Maryland Transportation Authority police heard about the videos, which had quickly gone viral, and started investigating immediately, the Annapolis Patch reported.

Montague’s license plates were visible in some of the videos and he was quickly identified by investigators.

The dangerous antics on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge followed a rowdy weekend on the boardwalk and roadways of Ocean City after car enthusiasts gathered for an unofficial event known as “H2Oi,” according to the Annapolis Patch.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said law enforcement officers issued 3,500 tickets, conducted 2,500 traffic stops, made 350 vehicle impounds, and arrested several hundred people during the course of the weekend.

Police said one officer was injured while attempting to arrest a suspect, the Annapolis Patch reported.

Montague was charged on Tuesday with four counts of disorderly conduct and 23 traffic violations, WUSA reported.

Police said the traffic charges included reckless driving, willfully damaging a highway, and driving a motor vehicle in a manner intended to cause skidding.

The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office thanked the public for their assistance in a social media post on Thursday morning.

“The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone who provided pictures and video footage, from this past Sunday’s reckless driving behavior on the Bay Bridge, that helped to find and charge this suspect,” the sheriff’s department tweeted.

Online court records showed this wasn’t the first time Montague has been caught driving dangerously or irresponsibly, WUSA reported.

He was convicted of a DWI in August in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

Records showed that Montague was also charged with reckless driving and other traffic violations in Prince William County, Virginia in July, WUSA reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the videos below:

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Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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