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Motorcyclists stop Beltway traffic, pop wheelies and drive the wrong way

Motorcycles and dirt bikes pop wheelies and drive the wrong way, slowing traffic on the Capital Beltway Sunday, Dec. 27. Officials took no enforcement action, according to Maryland State Police. (Video: Jukin Media, Inc.)

A large group of people on motorcycles and dirt bikes slowed traffic Sunday afternoon on the Capital Beltway, stopping to do wheelies in the middle of the lanes, and, in some instances, zooming in the wrong direction on the highway.

Video that appears to be recorded from a vehicle on the Beltway shows the motorcycles bringing southbound Beltway traffic in Prince George’s County to a near-standstill at about 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

Maryland State Police officials say such occurrences are not unusual in warm weather, but that the number of motorcycles participating on Sunday was particularly high. L. Young, a Maryland State Police dispatcher, said the department fielded “thousands” of calls from motorists about it, with some callers reporting about 200 motorcycles on the roadway.

“It was overwhelming,” Young said.

Officials took no enforcement action, according to Maryland State Police.

People also witnessed motorcycles, dirt bikes and ATVs in D.C. and Virginia later in the afternoon.

This video appears to show them slowing traffic in D.C.’s NoMa neighborhood early Sunday evening.

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