Members of a large group of ATVs and dirt bikes arrested in Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – Police in Providence made several arrests on Sunday as they responded to reports of a large group of illegal all-terrain vehicles being driven recklessly throughout the city.

The service received about 17 calls complaining from the group between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to a police report obtained by 12 News.

After arresting and arresting a 24-year-old biker on Potters Avenue, Providence Police were then called to Branch Avenue to assist Rhode Island State Police in seizing a scooter believed to have been part of a large group of recreational vehicles that had stopped traffic on nearby I-95.

The 23-year-old has been given a subpoena and a mandatory hearing, police said.

At around 6 p.m., a patroller reported that the group was preventing him from responding to an emergency call on Douglas Avenue.

About 50 ATV and dirt bike riders were seen gathering and refueling at a Smithfield Avenue gas station. As police removed one of the cyclists from a bicycle and stopped him, police said the others started fleeing, obstructing traffic on Silver Spring Street and surrounding police.

At one point, a man riding a black and yellow off-road motorcycle pulled up behind the cruiser and smashed a taillight before leaving, the report said.

The 21-year-old biker they arrested is due in court next week for driving an RV on a highway and aiding and abetting to break motor vehicle laws, police say.

Another runner was taken to hospital with a wrist injury. The 24-year-old told police he was speeding down Rue De Pinedo and tried to stop dead at the intersection with Rue Argol, causing the rear of his ATV to lift. and its launch over the handlebars.

Police said the biker was allowed to appear in court for illegally driving an ATV on a pavement.

Around the same time, other bikers reportedly made donuts and spin their tires in the middle of Silver Spring and Charles Streets. As they tried to escape, police said an officer grabbed the wrist of a biker who was on the sidewalk. The rider fled but lost control of the motorcycle, causing it to fall into a bed of mulch.

The 32-year-old suffered minor scratches but refused medical treatment, police said. He told police that he was not associated with the large group, but received a summons for several offenses, including not having a motorcycle license and not having plates on the bike.

Police officers all activated their body cameras during the incidents, according to the report.

Commander Thomas Verdi congratulated them for their actions.

“The officers did a great job under the circumstances,” he said.

Maria R. Newman