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Researchers link drag racing on Fort Pitt Bridge to airport burnouts

Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania State Police are investigating two incidents involving drag racing and burnouts early Friday morning.

Investigators say the high-speed, dangerous activity occurred between a group of about 50 cars at Pittsburgh International Airport and then the Fort Pitt Bridge.

Some of the action was captured on social media videos.

Channel 11 showed the video to travelers at Pittsburgh International Airport.

“Honestly, it’s crazy. They put everyone at risk and I can’t believe anyone would do something like that,” said traveler Sam Thomas of California, Pa.

PSP says the group of about 50 high-end sports cars gathered on the Fort Pitt Bridge just after 3 a.m. Friday.

Tire marks from burnouts were still visible hours later.

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State Trooper Rocco Gagliardi said the incident could have caused even more damage.

“You come out of that Fort Pitt tunnel and you’re in a complete gridlock with 50 cars doing donuts and drag racing, both ways. Okay, it’s just a one-way bridge. When you get through there for an early shift, you’re looking at something potentially fatal,” Gagliardi said.

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When State Troopers arrived to break up the meeting, they said one of the cars – a burgundy jeep – hit a flagged police car and nearly hit Troopers standing nearby as the driver drove off.

PSP later tracked down the Jeep in the South Fayette/Bridgeville area.

Channel 11 was there and saw a person being taken away in handcuffs.

Troopers say everyone in the car has been taken for questioning.

“It’s ridiculous,” Thomas said. “Those guys are stupid.”

Channel 11 has learned that before they gathered on the bridge, the group was at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Allegheny County Police say the group hailed a social media car influencer for what is called a “ride.”

Agents say some cars were also doing burnouts and donuts at the airport.

“I think it’s pretty crazy. It seems like the most unlikely place for random people to make donuts,” said Tricia Brown, who flew to Pittsburgh on Friday.

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Police arrested at least one person in connection with the incident at the airport.

That man is Dashawn Evans, 41, from Trafford.

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Both state and county police are working to identify more people involved in the overnight incidents.

He was charged and released.

Both state and provincial law enforcement agencies are working to identify more people involved in the overnight incidents.

The driver of the burgundy Jeep has not yet been charged.

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