Multi-department effort nets illegal riders

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s been a team effort tracking down riders who police say have no regard for safety.

“If I enjoy bullfighting, that doesn’t mean I can release bulls like Pamplona down Whalley Ave,” New Haven police spokesman David Hartman said of those who illegally ride ATVs and dirt bikes on city streets.

“It’s just not something you can do,” Hartman said.

Just days ago, an announcement that several area police departments are working together. Already, some arrests on Sunday. Officers mainly from the Criminal Intelligence Unit and Street Interdiction Unit arrested three people.

New Haven police say help from Hamden police led them to an area of Wilmot Road and Wintergreen Avenue, where officers found a large box truck with cans of gasoline. Also, five illegally operated dirt bikes and one illegally operated ATV were later taken by police.

Police say they’ll continue to be on the lookout for box trucks and that it’s a crime to transport unsafe fuel or gasoline.

“People have had it,” Hartman said. “It’s dangerous, it’s criminal.”

But, now with this collaboration of several police departments, police say it’s making it easier to catch the riders.

“When they go to one area and we show up, they go to another area,” Hartman said.

Police expect to make another half dozen arrests based on warrants from Sunday.

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