2 charged in I-285 tribute ride

by: Rachel Stockman Updated:

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ATLANTA —

Investigators with the Georgia State Patrol said they’ve tracked down two men involved in a tribute ride that shut down part of a metro Atlanta highway.

A YouTube video posted shortly after the August incident shows drivers blocking and then doing donuts on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 285 near the Forrest Park Road overpass in southeast Atlanta.  It happened on a Sunday afternoon.
 
“You also had concerns for traffic behind. This is close to the airport, where traffic is coming,” said GSP spokesman Gordy Wright.
 
On Thursday morning, GSP troopers drove 23-year-old Cordona Floyd in handcuffs to the Fulton County Jail. He is facing a reckless conduct charge, among others. Investigators believe Floyd shot the YouTube video.
 
In a September interview with Channel 2 Action News, Floyd said the donuts were a spontaneous tribute to a friend who worked on show cars and died in a crash. The drivers joined dozens of others from various car clubs across Atlanta. They blocked the flow of traffic in each lane simultaneously.

"It might have been reckless or something like that, to that extent, but that's the way we pay homage," said Floyd, adding, "I know, like you said, it's a negative thing. They (are) looking at it, but nobody got hurt in the long run, and everybody's happy."

Floyd apologized for any inconvenience it may have caused drivers.
 
Nicholas Thomas, 28, was also arrested on reckless driving charges. Investigators believe he was one of the drivers responsible for doing donuts, and they said the YouTube video played a key role in catching him.
 
“We understand there has been other incidents, but we were only able to link them to the incident that was recorded,” Wright told Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman.
 
The investigation is ongoing, and investigators are still looking for the two other drivers involved.