Nfld. & Labrador

Corvette does doughnuts on Kenmount Road, scares drivers, upsets car group

Police now say they are investigating an incident of reckless driving after videos started being shared on social media of a red Corvette doing doughnuts in one of the busiest streets in St. John's.

RNC now investigating incident of reckless driving, asking witnesses to come forward to police

Corvette does donuts on Kenmount Road, scares drivers, upsets car group

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Car enthusiasts who regularly meet in St. John's are upset after an incident of reckless driving. The driver of a Corvette did donuts on Kenmount Road scaring drivers 0:39

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary now says it's investigating an incident of reckless driving last week in St. John's that upset car enthusiasts and motorists alike.

The driver of a red Corvette can be seen, in a video shared on social media, peeling out of a parking lot and proceeding to spin the car around three times in the middle of one of the city's busiest streets.

Jonathon Murphy-Lee is part of a group that regularly meets at the A&W restaurant on Kenmount Road.

He told CBC News he was shocked last Thursday evening to see a driver act so dangerously.

"This guy in a Corvette was waiting to leave, and after a few moments of waiting, when he went to leave, he just stomped the gas," he said.

"[He] ended up doing three doughnuts on Kenmount Road with oncoming traffic coming towards him, and almost took out a silver SUV."

Some of those at the car meet at A&W are not happy with how the Corvette driver represented the group. (Jonathon Murphy-Lee)

Christina Shearing, who was in a silver Honda SUV driving down Kenmount Road, said everyone in her vehicle got a fright from what they saw,

"He could have caused a very tragic accident that evening," she said.

"There was my father driving, my mother in the passenger side, myself, my sister and my 10-year-old niece in the back. I am also 34-weeks pregnant."

She said that her niece was screaming during the incident, and they eventually decided to confront the driver when they were both stopped at a red light.

"My father had said to him, 'You're crazy for cutting us off like you did, especially on a busy road,'" she said.

"We did say to him that we had a child and a pregnant women on board. There was him and a women in the Corvette. He had stated she worked for child protective services. She had said we were 'sore losers.'"

'One bad apple'

Meanwhile, Murphy-Lee says the car group doesn't tolerate such dangerous driving, and he fears one bad apple is going to ruin the get-togethers for everyone else.

A Chevrolet Corvette spun around three times on Kenmount Road on Thursday, screeching its tires, causing smoke and halting traffic. (Jonathon Murphy-Lee)

"A lot of guys are saying like, 'You shouldn't do that,'" he told CBC News.

"If you're going to do that, take it to an empty parking lot or something where you know you're not going to hurt anybody."

Despite how he feels, Murphy-Lee said there are some who encourage the behaviour.

"You get the guys that are like 'Oh, that was cool, I hope he does it again,'" he said.

"We just don't have the time of day for that."

He said he and several others have complained to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary about the incident.

Meanwhile, the RNC said Monday this kind of driving would not be tolerated and that charges will be considered in the course of the investigation.

"The type of behaviour we believe was displayed on Thursday evening is not acceptable, not appropriate ways for motor vehicles to be driven in the province and certainly won't be tolerated by the [RNC]," said acting Sgt. Dave Hutchings.

Hutchings said police have been patrolling these events in recent years, and added that next Thursday there would be an added RNC presence at the gathering.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the incident are asked to contact police.

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