Driver spinning donuts in Richmond arrested for DUI

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Richmond police arrested a driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after the driver was allegedly seen spinning donuts at an intersection, police said.

Just after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, a police officer saw the vehicle spinning donuts at 13th Street and Rheem Avenue and conducted a traffic stop, Richmond police Capt. Al Walle reported.

“The motorist fled from the car on foot, was pursued by the officer, and taken down with a leg sweep,” Walle said, adding that the driver’s blood alcohol content was .19 percent, exceeding the legal limit of .08 percent.

The problem of reckless driving, including solo incidents such as Sunday’s as well as sideshows involving multiple cars spinning donuts at intersections, has long vexxed city leaders, which have proposed solutions including temporary or permanent roundabouts at hotspots for such activity, or Botts Dots and raised circular markers that work to deter incidents.