Dozens of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles seized after being illegally operated in the District were pulverized into more than seven tons of recyclable metal over the weekend - a signal to riders that authorities have run out of patience with what they call a public nuisance.
“The community is fed up with this behavior,” Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said in a statement Saturday. “As long as they continue endangering the lives of everyone on our streets, MPD will continue confiscating and destroying these vehicles.”
Sixty-two off-road vehicles were destroyed at a lot in Capitol Heights, Md., producing 14,180 pounds of recyclable metal. Police seized the vehicles after they were abandoned in public spaces or involved in crimes.
In recent weeks across the D.C. region, individuals wearing masks on dirt bikes and ATVs have been spotted aggressively weaving through traffic or swarming through sidewalks in pedestrian-filled areas such as National Harbor in Maryland.
Individuals who are able to provide information that leads to the recovery of an ATV that is being used on public space, could be eligible for a reward of $250 through the Bonus to Phone Us: Off Road police tipline—202-727-9099. Information also may be submitted to the text tip line by entering 50411.