BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Bridgeport Police have arrested several individuals for riding ATV’s and dirt bikes illegally in the city on Saturday November 8.
Police were working on a strategy which involved researching trends and came to the conclusion that groups of these illegal riders often times transported the ATVs to their destinations in cargo vans and rented trucks. When the ATVs were reported to be driving in Bridgeport, unmarked cars began searching the area for the vehicles that transported them and put them on surveillance.
“Our concern is for our kids and families. These groups ride recklessly on our streets and city streets throughout the Northeast. They have a complete disregard for the safety of the community,” said Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. “We developed a strategy and I believe it worked this weekend.”
Sgt. Jason Amato observed several cargo vans and rented trucks on Division Street and set up surveillance from his unmarked police vehicle, knowing there was a high probability that they had transported the illegal ATVs into the city.
About 20 minutes later, Amato observed two males pushing two street bikes into the back of one of the vans. Officers pulled the van over and recognized the two bikes as being driven recklessly. Neither of the bikes were insured.
Police arrested Derek Lehn, 23 years-old, of 9 Tonetta Circle in Norwalk, and Manuel Crespo, 19 years-old, of 64 Easy Street in Milford, on motor vehicle charges.
About an hour later, Amato saw a rental truck driving recklessly and patrol officers pulled it over on Elizabeth Street. Police towed the truck and the bikes and quads that it was carrying. The ATVs were warm to the touch, indicating that they had recently been ridden. Police reviewed photos posted by the Connecticut Post website to link vehicle and their operators to reckless driving. Police charged four residents of Worcester, Mass. Samuel Lopez, 27 years-old, of 718 Main St, Jose Pizarro, 22 years-old, of 18 Orange St., Jordan Pizarro, 20 years-old, of 18 Orange St., and Sandro Oliver, 18 years-old, of 15 ½ Mendon St., were charged with motor vehicle violations.
Police also observed a group of bike and ATVs turn from Chopsey Hill Road onto Clearview Drive, which is a dead end. Police positioned themselves at the beginning of Clearview and waited for them to circle around. Two of the individuals lost control of their bikes and was detained by police. Juan Quinonez, 24 years-old, of 92 Holroyd St., Bridgeport, and Nandy Cabrera, 20 years-old, of Brewster, Mass., were detained on motor vehicle charges and their bikes were seized and towed.
On Reservoir Avenue, Anthony Martinez, 31 years-old, of 45 Sunshine Circle, Bridgeport, was arrested after losing control of his Yamaha dirtbike.