New Mexico residents baffled as drivers do ‘donuts’ on I-25

Video gains major attention online, on radio

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Drivers of several low-riding pickup trucks stopped traffic on I-25 late Sunday afternoon to do donuts on the roadway and it was all caught on video.

“Oh my, oh my goodness,” resident Fay Mac said as KRQE News 13 showed her the video.

“Unbelievable that people would do something like that,” resident Ed Weil said.

People watching the video for the first time couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw it. The video, posted by a woman on Facebook, has more than 150,000 views and more than 1,800 shares.

It was taken on northbound I-25 near Montgomery.

“Look at all of them,” you can hear a woman say in the video. The video shows several low-riding trucks going up and down the interstate, doing donuts across all lanes of traffic.

The incident stopped cars on I-25 for several minutes.

KRQE News 13 found a video that showed a second perspective of the incident on a man’s Facebook page. That video appears to be taken by someone who was involved in the action.

We reached out to him to ask about the video on Monday. Within minutes, it was removed.

The man didn’t respond to questions, but Albuquerque Police had something to say about the incident.

“These guys are stupid,” Tanner Tixier, of APD, said. “Plain and simple.”

What the drivers of the trucks were doing was illegal: reckless driving. But that’s not all that happened.

Police say one of the trucks might be stolen and that someone involved in the shenanigans committed a felony off-camera.

“One of these individuals got into an accident with somebody, left the scene, but before they left the scene, they pointed a handgun at that person,” Tixier said.

No one was hurt in that accident, but some people on the street worry that if it happens again, it could be much worse.

“That could cause a lot of serious injuries, that could cause a possible fatality,” Rita Abeyta said. “That’s pretty serious.”

Police said a total of seven 911 calls were made regarding the incident.

Tixier said it’s a good thing that citizens did not confront the drivers or try to get around them; that could have made matters much worse.

No arrests have been made, as of Monday. Police say they are following several solid leads.

Video gains major attention online, on radio

On Tuesday, in the wake of the original story, new videos surfaced and New Mexicans reacted to the incident.

Those new videos paint a better picture of how the truck drivers pulled off the stunt. They lined up across all lanes of traffic to keep any other cars from passing.

On Power 106.7’s morning show “Double J in the Morning,” DJs Double J and Lyndsie took calls from listeners about the incident.

One caller claims he was there and didn’t care if he would have caused a crash.

Caller 2: “I would have took off hauling ass.”
Lyndsie: “Wow, you are an ignorant man.”

Another man calls the people in the trucks his friends. He gets angry at Lyndsie for calling his friends “scumbags” and goes on to defend them.

Caller 4: “This goes on all around the country.”
Lyndsie: “Exactly and it needs to stop.”

Someone else said one of the men in this “car club” of trucks involved his young daughter in the stunt.

Caller 3: “And she was standing on the side of the road when they were doing it recording everything.”

On the KRQE Facebook post about the incident, people have a mix of opinions. One person comments, “Where’s a speeding semi when you need one?” Another person writes, “Hell live a little… dnt b so bored out… dats awesumness… sweet…”

It’s clear, though, that the majority of people are not happy with these truck drivers.

As of Tuesday, no arrests have been made.

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