MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — A dangerous driver spun doughnuts early Wednesday in the middle of an active construction zone, nearly hitting workers on I-85.
Channel 9 obtained a video of that car driving recklessly near Sam Wilson Road around 2:30 a.m. in western Mecklenburg County.
One of the construction workers attempted to stop the car in its path by blocking it with a Bobcat.
Construction workers told Channel 9 they spotted the car coming at them and doing doughnuts repeatedly before hitting a light.
After the third time, the workers said they pulled out their phones to capture the wild driver on camera.
Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers were in the work zone when the car barreled through.
They caught up to the car and stopped it
at a nearby weigh station.
“It still was a very dangerous situation that we do not want to see repeated,” said NCDOT spokeswoman Jen Thompson.
No injuries were reported.
“Our inspectors want to be able to go out and do their work that's required and go home to their families,” North Carolina Department of Transportation spokesperson Jen Thompson said. “That’s the goal every day, every night, so we have to make sure that happens.”
In July 2018, Channel 9 saw how dangerous the job is.
A construction worker at I-77 and Sugar Creek Road was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle.
Trooper Ray Pierce said such close calls can serve as a wake-up call for everyone.
“These workers are out here trying to get a job done, so make it safe for them, slow your speeds down and just be careful,” he said.
It is still unclear whether the suspect in Wednesday's case is facing any charges.
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