Seven towns join forces to catch rogue riders

Publish Date: 
May 23, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Police from seven greater New Haven towns will be tackling the illegal dirt bike and ATV riding problem together and are looking for the public’s help.

The new crosstown collaboration will work to seize any illegal bikes and arrest unlawful riders.

New Haven, Branford, East Haven, West Haven, North Haven, North Branford and Hamden police departments are part of the initiative.

New Haven police say for years riders have been spotted in large groups on city streets popping wheelies, blocking traffic, riding recklessly and sometimes taunting motorists and police.

“We started a way of doing business by photographing, preparing warrants, arresting, seizing property, and we are not going to stop. Today we speak with one voice that the borders between communities are invisible,” New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman told Fox News.

An undercover operation conducted by New Haven Police in 2013 resulted in the arrest of 18 bikers and seizure of 40 ATVs and dirt bikes during the three-month investigation.

Police in participating towns now have an anonymous tip line specifically to report illegal ATV and dirt bike riding.  The number is (203) 946-6098.

From the Dealernews wires. Posted by Holly Wagner