NEW ORLEANS — A video of two vehicles doing donuts at a Warehouse District intersection posted on Twitter Sunday caught the attention of the New Orleans Police Department, which is asking the public to help identify those responsible.
The video shows a crowd gathering at the corner of South Peters and St. Joseph streets as a white SUV and a black sedan take turns squealing tires and spinning in circles as some onlookers filmed with their phones.
The drivers began their stunts at around 5:30 p.m., left briefly and resumed at 6 p.m. They continued until three police cars arrived and broke up the crowd.
Then at 8:05 p.m., the NOPD retweeted a video posted by a Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate reporter and asked the public "to provide information to help identify individuals that engaged in a reckless driving incident earlier Sunday in the 8th District. Individuals involved in this incident face the possible confiscation of their vehicles when identified and arrested."
The city has recently pledged to crack down on such activity and the gatherings that form around them.
In April, when Mayor LaToya Cantrell and NOPD Superintended Shaun Ferguson unveiled a new partnership with the Louisiana State Police to supplement local police with troopers, they said it was in part to increase the visibility of patrols along two stretches perennially plagued by illegal drag races: the Claiborne Avenue corridor and around the New Orleans East intersection of Downman Road and Chef Menteur Highway.