— david reeves (@dreeves) November 21, 2021
They were fast and the cops got furious as drivers in souped-up cars and classic rides spun donuts and burned rubber in the middle of Pike/Pine’s nightlife scene late Saturday night.
Videos from the burst of petrol fumes and Vin Diesel-level testosterone spread across Seattle social media this weekend showing drivers cruising through the area and filling 10th and Pike with clouds of smoke from the noisy burnouts.
There were no reported arrests but SPD made several traffic stops in the area around midnight. According to East Precinct radio updates, a new model grey Charger was stopped for possible reckless driving at 11th and Pike and a 1966 classic Chevy was pulled over on E Pine while a 1986 Chevy El Camino was also stopped at 12th Ave near the East Precinct. Someone reportedly threw an object at a police cruiser during the response but no damage was reported. An offer to send extra officers to the area was declined as responding SPD units reported the scene was clearing a little after midnight.
Saturday night’s takeover follows other so-called “sideshow” incidents in the city and on Capitol Hill this year. In March, CHS reported on a sideshow incident in which one driver was busted for DUI. At the time, police said that the dangerous activities fall under the state’s reckless driving statutes. Unlike municipalities to the north and south of the city, Seattle does not have specific drag racing or stunt driving laws.
The incident comes as new 4-way stops are being added to key Pike/Pine intersections in efforts to make traffic safer at some of the busiest crossings in the city.
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