Wild video shows drivers doing donuts on I-285, shutting down traffic

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Police want to find the drivers who blocked traffic on I-285 and did donuts in the middle of the interstate.

This video was posted to Twitter. (Disclaimer: It contains explicit language.)

It happened Saturday night under Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s fifth runway on I-285.

“It was something like out of a movie,” a witness said. “It was organized. They definitely had a system going.”

Only problem: This was no movie.

Drivers shut down the airport runway tunnel while they competed in what’s known as drift racing, more commonly known as performing “donuts.”

Witnesses who spoke with Channel 2 Action News said they were traveling eastbound on 285 near Riverdale Road on Saturday around 11 p.m. when cars stopped in front of them.

The racers raced past them.

“And they were hanging out of the cars driving by with their phones, each one of them,” a witness said.

A crowd gathered in the emergency lane, and some lit fireworks. Others videotaped the burnouts.

Witnesses called 911. As police officers approached, the large group dispersed.

Clayton County police said the investigation is ongoing and sent a statement that reads in part:

“The Clayton County Police Department has no tolerance stance on drift racing, the elevated potential for loss of life and serious injury, but most importantly the disrespect for the laws and the citizens of this County. It is for this reason that we, in conjunction with surrounding law enforcement agencies, are working together to combat this blatantly devious behavior.”

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