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Freeport woman blocked traffic for road race, State Police say

A Freeport motorcyclist who allegedly performed stunts on the Southern State Parkway, exploits that included doughnuts and burnouts — and obstructed traffic flow — was arraigned Saturday on reckless endangerment charges, authorities said.

Jacqueline Moneke, 27, was arrested Friday in connection with the Aug. 20 incident near Exit 20, Grand Avenue, during which traffic on the eastbound Southern State was obstructed for the purpose of racing, consequently “endangering other motorists,” State Police said in a statement.

Moneke was arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead on charges of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and several vehicle and traffic violations.

A State Police spokeswoman said police received a call shortly before 2 p.m. on Aug. 20, reporting what was allegedly taking place during the incident.

Although it was unclear whether a race occurred, the spokeswoman said Moneke “was on a three-wheel motorcycle called a Slingshot and was doing burnouts and donuts on all four eastbound lanes of traffic and on the right shoulder.”

She was assisted in trying to block traffic by “several motorcycle operators,” the statement said, but it was unclear how many were involved.

Moneke could not immediately be reached for comment. Her next court date is scheduled for Oct. 2.

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