A driver of one of three cars spinning donuts on the Bay Bridge last weekend pleaded not guilty in San Francisco Superior Court on Thursday to charges of speeding and reckless driving.
Moises Abraham Rosales, 20, of San Leandro, is charged with misdemeanor speed contest, speed exhibition and reckless driving, as well as a speeding infraction and failure to display a license plate, also an infraction, according to court records.
Rosales was taken into custody and later released by the California Highway Patrol after the CHP received reports of three drivers spinning donuts on westbound Interstate Highway 80 at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
A black Ford Mustang, a white Ford Mustang and a black Chevrolet Camero, all with paper dealer plates, were weaving through traffic at 80-90 mph, nearly colliding with other cars, according to the CHP.
Once they got to the western span of the bridge past Yerba Buena Island, they stopped traffic and were doing donuts across all five lanes. Another driver who was stopped behind them called the CHP and took photos of the sideshow on her cellphone, CHP officials said.
CHP officers responded and waited for the drivers at the end of the bridge in San Francisco. They saw the two Mustangs drive by at 3:39 p.m., followed by the woman who reported the activity, CHP officials said.
The officers pulled both cars over. One of the drivers was arrested and the other was cited and released with his car impounded, according to the CHP.
“A recklessly driven vehicle is a deadly weapon. If one chooses to drive recklessly, they could be jailed, be fatally injured, or take someone’s life; perhaps the life of someone they love,” CHP San Francisco Cmdr. Christopher Sherry said in a statement.
Anyone with more information about the sideshow has been asked to contact CHP Officer Vu Williams at (415) 557-1094.
Rosales, who remains out of custody, is due back in court Sept. 12 for a pretrial conference.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report.
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