Police Respond to “Reckless-Driving Meet Up” That Involved “Multiple Vehicles Engaged in Dangerous Maneuvers”

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On February 10, 2024, at approximately 11:15 pm, Takoma Park Police responded to the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Ethan Allen Avenue in response to reports of a “reckless driving meet-up.”

According to Police, “Upon arrival, officers were met with a chaotic scene. A large crowd had gathered, forming a circle around the intersection, while multiple vehicles engaged in dangerous maneuvers such as burnouts and donuts.

As officers approached, the crowd’s focus shifted toward them, and they quickly surrounded the police vehicles. The situation escalated further as individuals began banging on the police vehicles, including the hood and bumpers, while taunting officers. In an attempt to disperse the crowd, officers activated their emergency equipment, but this only seemed to exacerbate the situation.

Adding to the tension, some members of the crowd were observed wearing ballistic plate carriers, and one individual revealed a handgun tucked into his waistband. The individual displaying the handgun dispersed into the large crowd. Concerned for public safety, Takoma Park Police requested assistance from Montgomery County Police and Prince George’s County Police.

With the arrival of additional law enforcement from neighboring jurisdictions, the crowd, along with the reckless drivers, began to disperse, many heading southbound on New Hampshire Avenue towards the District of Columbia. Lookouts were provided to the Metropolitan Police Department.

These reckless meet-ups violate several of Maryland’s transportation laws and are illegal. They are dangerous and jeopardize the safety and tranquility of our community.  We are working with our allied partners in law enforcement to address this serious issue through education, enforcement, and changes to legislation.”

If you have any information about this incident, please contact Takoma Park Police at 301-270-1100.

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