Police pursue men who they say threatened officer during street racing

Atlanta authorities are trying to find a group of men who challenged a single police officer during a recent street racing incident. 

The incident happened near Downtown at the overpass at Interstate 75 and Northside Drive. 

A patrolman responded to a 911 call about street racing. His was the first cruiser to arrive and several young men surrounded the cruiser -- one even hurled fireworks toward the car. 


The officer slowly backed away and called for back-up. When the other officers arrived, all of the street racers scattered. 

Chief Michael O'Connor said the young men tried to intimidate the officer. The act is a dangerous escalation to the normal pattern of these street racers. 

If they are caught, O'Connor said they could face obstruction as well as other charges. 

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