Hartford police officers attempting to break up a gathering of people riding dirt bikes and quad vehicles at an address in the city's South End found a chaotic scene when they arrived on Sunday.
Police arrived at 31-33 Mountford St. to a frenzy of bike/quad operators trying to flee the rear of the property. Police said the vehicles are the subject of citizen complaints during the day and a number of officers had observed these vehicles racing around the city.
Officers were able to detain five individuals and sieze nine dirt bikes/quads. Those arrested were Frankie Morales, 23, of Hartford, Jose Carrasquillo, 28, of South Windsor, Tyquann Whitehead of Hartford, Donovan Orie, 29, of Hartford, and Hector Vasquez, 31, of Hartford. All suspects were charged with Reckless Driving, Trespassing and Interfering with Police. The vehicles seized were identified as being among the pack operating recklessly throughout the city.
The areas of Main Street, Forest Street, and Wethersfield Avenue were among the sightings of these vehicles. Police said the operators have been seen riding in packs, pulling wheelies, running red lights and ignoring traffic laws.
An unknown number of males were able to flee on other bikes/quads. A Hartford police cruiser was struck by one of the fleeing bikes/quads, damaging the driver's door of the vehicle.