Chaotic scene caught on camera as car does donuts in crowded West Loop intersection

Dramatic video showed a car doing donuts in a crowded intersection over the weekend in the West Loop.

The crowd gathered around 2 a.m. Sunday at Clinton and Monroe streets, blocking traffic in all directions, according to Chicago police.

Tylar Weddington, who has been living in the West Loop for under a year, was woken up by the commotion.

"Honestly, I thought it was a fever dream," Weddington said. "When I woke up, I didn't think it was real. I thought that I was imagining it because it was so early in the morning."


Weddington started recording the intersection where cars were spinning in circles and fireworks were exploding.

"I thought someone was going to get hit because there was a guy standing really close to the car doing donuts and I thought he was going to get sideswiped, but I guess that he was used to it," Weddington said. "It was crazy. It was entertaining though because there were fireworks going off, it was really just like a scene from a movie."

The crowd eventually moved to a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Canal Street, where officers dispersed them around 4:20 a.m

A 17-year-old boy was seen running back and forth from a vehicle to grab fireworks to throw toward police officers, officials said.

One officer was struck by a firework, police said. Police did not detail the extent of the officer's injuries.

The teen was arrested roughly an hour later in the 500 block of West Taylor Street, police said.

He has been charged with one felony count of aggravated assault of a peace officer.

The Chicago City Council this week will consider an ordinance aimed at cracking down on drag racing and "drifting." It would permit officers to impound vehicles and fine drivers between $5,000 and $10,000 for each offense.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.