Police charge 6 people involved in ‘erratic’ ATV ride through New Bedford
NEW BEDFORD, Mass (WPRI) Six members of a group of ATV riders who allegedly operated recklessly across New Bedford now face charges, authorities say.
The New Bedford Police Department received several calls on Saturday regarding the approximately 15 to 25 ATV operators, who police said were driving erratically and without regard for public safety.
Police said runners ignored traffic signs, performed dangerous laps, taunted officers and endangered other drivers.
In one incident, police said a motorcyclist slipped a moped onto its side, forcing it off the road and injuring both of his passengers.
Shortly after this incident, officers located the bikers in the area of County and Weld streets. After the runners spotted the officers, police said the group took off and split up across town as they attempted to apprehend them.
Officers were able to stop a runner, identified as 22-year-old Danny Rivera, on Purchase Street. Police said three other runners who attempted to intervene in the arrest, identified as Jonathan Navarro, 19, Tyler Christmas, 21, and Kiara Guedes, 21, were also apprehended.
At about the same time these arrests were being made, another group of police were attempting to stop a quad carrying two people.
During the chase, police said the bike driver attempted to hit a Massachusetts state police car that had arrived to assist the police.
The driver of the quad finally stopped and the two pilots, a man and a woman, dismounted. The man, identified by police as Dallas Demello, 25, attempted to flee from the scene but was eventually apprehended.
Upon Demello’s arrest, police said a hostile crowd had formed around the officer. As a result, police said Scott Roy, 59, had also been taken into custody.
The six runners face numerous charges in connection with the incident.
Police are also looking for runners who were part of the larger group. Anyone who thinks they can identify any of the runners is asked to contact the New Bedford Police Department at (508) 991-6300 ext. 1.