An adult man has been charged with dangerous driving after police stopped a vehicle spinning out in a parking lot near cyclists on Saturday night.
Windsor police had recently received several complaints involving loitering, property damage, and erratic vehicle operation on weekends in a parking lot in the 300 block of Tecumseh Road East, police said in a news release on Wednesday.
In response, members of the Windsor Police Service problem oriented policing unit monitored the area on Saturday.
At roughly 8:30 p.m., individuals began to gather throughout the parking lot in small groups, police said.
Officers then saw the driver of a motor vehicle in the parking lot rev the engine, causing the wheels to spin out. Then, the vehicle shot forward and proceeded to spin continuously throughout a large portion of the parking lot, leaving fresh tire marks on the pavement.
People on bicycles in the parking lot were, at times, “a mere 15 feet” from the spinning vehicle, police said. Officers also saw a passenger in the vehicle being driven erratically.
Police then moved in to stop the vehicle.
The adult male driver was arrested without incident and the vehicle was towed from the scene. The driver faces a criminal charge of dangerous driving.
The incident occurred in the same parking lot where a video previously posted on social media shows a large group of people watching drivers do burnouts.
“Erratic and purposeful driving of this nature is a danger and threat to any person in the area,” police said.
Roadway and traffic concerns can be reported online through the Windsor Police Service website. The force cannot accept any reports via social media.
Residents should call 911 in an emergency.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4000, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at catchcrooks.com .