Police in Richmond, Virginia, recently prevented hundreds of drivers from invading the city and performing numerous dangerous and illegal driving activities like street racing.
Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith said police initially caught wind of the event on social media.
“Their entire point was to come to Richmond, specifically Richmond, to do burnouts, doughnuts and other illegal activities on the streets of Richmond,” the chief explained.
The event, referred to as RVA 2.0, was being promoted heavily on social media.
“We watch social media quite a bit, monitoring for any illegal activities and things that can help us in the investigation, and we came across it, and we started to monitor it very closely,” Smith said.
Police reported that around 300 cars showed up at night on the weekend of February 19, and met at various locations, including the SouthSide Plaza parking lot. When officers broke up one meeting, the group would move to another location.
Officers ended up disrupting six different locations where drivers were racing, and issued 45 citations over the course of the night for reckless driving, running red lights, illegal window tinting and other violations.
One individual was arrested and charged with a felony for fleeing police. His car was then impounded.
A Virginia State Police helicopter also assisted police in the operation, helping to track the groups driving throughout the city. The chief noted that drivers came from all over the region, including D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
“Our message is clear and simple: We will not tolerate this activity on the streets of Richmond, and we will strictly enforce the law when it comes to potentially endangering the lives of others,” Smith said. “I’m proud of how our officers stopped efforts to wreak havoc on the city of Richmond; they prevented what could have been a very tragic event.”