Police arrest juvenile involved in illegal mass dirt bike, ATV ride in East Haven

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Police arrested a juvenile in connection to a large-scale illegal dirt bike ride that took place Sunday afternoon.

At around 4:55 p.m. Sunday, police officers were dispatched to the area of Frontage Road and Saltonstall Parkway for a report of a large group of dirt bikes and ATVs operating recklessly on the roadway.

Officers responded to the area of Frontage Road and Saltonstall Parkway in East Haven Sunday for a report of a large group of dirt bikes/ATV’s operating recklessly in the roadway.
Courtesy: East Haven Police

Upon arrival, police encountered more than 100 dirt bikes, ATVs, and motorcycles traveling eastbound recklessly, performing stunts, and blocking roadways. As officers got into the area, the group surrounded and blocked police cruisers while weaving in and out of traffic and performing wheelies.

While this was happening, a person driving a red quad positioned himself in front of a police cruiser, intentionally blocking the officer. As the ATV driver taunted the officer, police said an individual on a scooter struck the rear of the quad in front of him and fell off his scooter.

The operator of the scooter was later determined to be a juvenile and arrested on the following charges: reckless driving, reckless endangerment in the second degree, interfering with police, operating while using a phone, and operating without a license.

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The arrestee, who will not be identified due to his age, was transported to the East Haven Police Department for processing. He was issued a court date of July 26 and released to the custody of a parent.

In New Haven that same afternoon, what appeared to be the same group of riders roared through downtown and right past News 8’s building on State Street.

WEB EXTRA: Illegal mass dirt bike, ATV ride roar down State Street in New Haven

The incident remains under investigation as police are actively trying to identify the operators involved. Anyone with information regarding the identity of any operators involved in Sunday’s incident can contact the East Haven Police Department at (203) 468-3820.

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