STEVENSVILLE — Queen Anne’s County prosecutors on Tuesday filed fees in opposition to a 22-year-old Virginia man police suspect is the motive force who could be seen on video doing donuts on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge amid heavy site visitors on Sunday, Sept. 27.
The person, recognized by Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police as Gary Ray Montague Jr. of Dumfries, Virginia, is alleged to have carried out the automotive stunt on the bridge’s westbound span after making a three-lane clearing between lanes of bumper-to-bumper automobiles.
Police stated the motive force of what’s described in charging paperwork as a black Nissan sports activities automotive stopped bridge site visitors twice to spin wheels and do donuts Sunday. Witnesses reported the burnout to police and offered investigators with the car’s license plate quantity. Police confirmed the car is registered to Montague.
MDTA Police Officer J. Weaver responded to the bridge at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday and stated he didn’t discover Montague’s automotive however noticed two separate areas on the street with spherical skid and tire marks in step with what witnesses described.
Weaver stated he launched an investigation into the stunt that led him to an “H2Oi Dialogue/Planning” Fb web page, the place he found movies of the incident. H2Oi is a automotive meetup that occurred in Ocean Metropolis on Sept. 26, the day earlier than Montague’s alleged Bay Bridge burnout.
One witness’s cellphone video of the stunt confirmed the car’s operator. Weaver stated with that video he was capable of determine Montague as the motive force by matching the individual proven within the clip with Montague’s driver’s license picture.
The skid marks left by Montague’s alleged stunt are nonetheless seen on the roadway days later, and a video of the act posted to YouTube and different social media platforms has obtained a number of thousand views.
Queen Anne’s State’s Legal professional Lance Richardson stated Thursday night he had not had an opportunity to evaluate the case, although he had seen video footage of the incident. Having served as state’s lawyer for the county since 2009, Richardson stated he has “by no means seen something this moronic earlier than so far as conduct on the Bay Bridge.”
Montague is going through three counts of disturbing the peace, one rely of disorderly conduct and 23 site visitors violations. The site visitors fees in opposition to Montague embody reckless driving, willfully damaging a freeway and driving a motorcar in a fashion meant to trigger skidding, police stated.
Fines related to Montague’s alleged site visitors violations quantity to just about $3,000, based on a top level view of the costs in courtroom paperwork.
Montague has not been arrested in reference to the prison fees in opposition to him, courtroom information present. He’s anticipated to seem in Queen Anne’s County District Court docket for a preliminary listening to on Nov. 18.