MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – It’s not uncommon to watch smoke billow from one of the many hookah bars or cigar clubs that line Miami Beach. But on Monday night, one plume of white smoke in particular garnered the attention of several hundred onlookers and police.
Miami Beach police officers conducting a routine patrol near Lummus Park, located at 6th Street and Ocean Drive, said they noticed a giant cloud of white smoke at around 8:40 p.m. As they got closer, officers said they heard the revving of motorcycle engine.
According to the patrol officers, traffic was stopped in both directions of Ocean Drive and all four corners of the intersection were crowed – they estimated at least 1,000 people were there. In total, police saw three motorcycles revving their engines.
In total, police saw three motorcycles revving their engines. At the center of it all was 25-year-old Pedro Molina and his black and gold Suzuki GSXR 1000 doing a burnout, authorities said.
As the officers approached the scene, Anthony Darna reportedly started to incite the crowd by yelling, “boo.” Once the crowd mimicked his actions, 22-year-old Darna started yelling expletives and raising his hands to motion for the crowd to get louder.
Molina noticed the police approaching and allegedly tried to bail – heading west on 8th street. An officer on an ATV was able to catch up to Molina and shut down the motorcycle by grabbing the keys.
Molina was arrested and his motorcycle was towed. He is facing charges of attempting to flee/elude a police officer, disorderly conduct/breach of the peace and reckless driving.
According to the arrest form, Darna faces a class-three felony for inciting a riot.
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