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Six Children In Trouble For Throwing Rocks At Traffic On Raleigh's Beltline

Posted May 3, 2000

— Raleigh police say they have stopped a dangerous prank that put thousands of drivers at risk. Six young boys are in trouble with the law for throwing rocks into speeding traffic on Raleigh's Beltline.

The first incident happened on the Beltline and Poole Road around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The second rock throwing incident took place around 6 p.m. Wednesday near the Lake Wheeler exit on Interstate 40.

Bonnie Watts was driving her Mustang home from work on eastbound I-40, when a rock came crashing through her windshield.

"There were cars on all three lanes, and all of the sudden, something hit my shoulder really hard," Watts says.

It appears the culprits were 10- and 11-year-old children that were pulling a prank on drivers, but Raleigh police are not treating the incidents as jokes.

"It's dangerous. It's an assault," says Capt. Mike Longmire of the Raleigh Police Department. "People could have been killed or seriously injured. Although they're only 10 and 11 years old, they or their parents will be held responsible."

Bonnie Watts and the other drivers involved are not badly hurt, but the difference between good luck and bad luck was a matter of inches.

"I have been getting little, tiny pieces of glass out of the corners of my eyes," Watts says. "My guardian angel was with me on this one."

One of the cars hit was a Wake County Sheriffs' vehicle. No charges have been filed in the incidents, but there could be a change in parental rights.


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