Florida Man Arrested After He was Caught on Camera Doing Donut Burnouts on Pride Street Mural

Christian Maier
Christian Maier (left) and a still from the surveillance footage. Twitter

St. Petersburg Police have arrested the man who was captured on video doing donuts on a St. Pete Pride mural, causing more than $1,000 in damages.

According to St. Pete Police, Christian Maier, 18, was behind the wheel of the vehicle captured on video on May 22 doing "doughnut-burnouts," which damaged the mural.

Maier was booked on charges of felony criminal mischief and racing or stunt driving on a public street, the police department said in a news release.

The Progressive Pride street mural, located at the intersection of Central Avenue and 25th Street, was vandalized May 22, when surveillance footage captured a blue, two-door vehicle spinning out and doing doughnuts over the mural, police previously said.

In the news release Monday, police said Maier was captured on video about 3:45 a.m. that day "recklessly maneuvering his car in a way to leave several tire marks across the mural and causing significant damage."

In February, a 19-year-old Clearwater man was arrested in connection to a similar incident in Delray Beach. Police say Dylan Brewer did burnouts over an LGBTQ+ street mural at the intersection of Northeast First Street and Northeast Second Avenue on Feb. 4.

Brewer was charged with one felony count of criminal mischief over $1,000 and one count of reckless driving. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Records show Maier was released from the Pinellas County Jail after posting a $5,500 bond Monday. He has pleaded not guilty through an attorney. Police said the investigation is ongoing.