FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A video obtained by Local 10 News shows a Ford Mustang spinning in circles on a Fort Lauderdale bridge, burning rubber as people record the stunt on their cellphones.
The video was sent to Local 10 by a concerned viewer who witnessed the incident Sunday on the Southeast 17th Street bridge.
Other videos, taken from bridge level, wound up on the Instagram account of the Street Life Car Club, which is now private.
The videos, some of which have since been deleted, show several people stopped on the bridge above the Stranahan River, recording the tire-screeching Mustang and its driver doing circles on the pavement.
Local 10 has contacted the car club for comment.
Fort Lauderdale police said two people who may have been involved were cited, but the bridge was clear by the time officers arrived.
"It's completely unlawful behavior," Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione said. "It endangers the lives of the people engaging in that type of lawlessness, as well as the lives of the folks around them."
Maglione said watching the video frustrates him, especially after the accident that happened just a few weeks ago, when two graduating high school seniors died in a Tesla crash only miles away from where the new video was taken.
"If that doesn't sink the message in for them -- to be honest with you -- I don't know what will," Maglione said.
The Southeast 17th Street bridge is a major thoroughfare for emergency vehicles and cars stream across the bridge at all hours of the day.
Maglione said the stunt could have put countless people in danger and they pulled over a car just a few hours later matching the same description of the one doing doughnuts on the bridge.
"We are looking into establishing the identity of the driver that was in the video, and if we can put that individual behind the wheel, we will still prosecute that individual to the full extent of the law," Maglione said.
Police said the person ticketed for reckless driving shortly after the incident on the bridge was driving the same kind of car and doing the same stunts.
Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol contacted the driver, but he stopped replying to messages when he was asked to comment about the video.