East Haven Police Cracking Down on ATV Riders

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The East Haven Police Department has received more than 200 complaints from neighbors about ATV riders riding recklessly since the beginning of this year. (Published Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014)

Police in East Haven are cracking down on reckless ATV drivers.

Police said Main Street and Foxon Road are two of the prime areas for joyrides and they have arrested 10 people since January. 

They have been charged with crimes associated with this illegal activity. Investigators have also seized numerous ATVs and dirt bikes and are reminding residents that they're not letting up.

"They wear masks, they cut out in front of cars," said Mark DeFelice who's seen these quads all over the town he's lived in for 13 years. "They pull wheelies and they slow down everybody in the street when they're driving."

East Haven police have gotten more than 200 calls about the ATVs on public roads or property within the town since the beginning of 2014. Ensar Kuru has noticed them in front of his pizza shop

"They don't have respect for other drivers and they put other people in danger,"

Kuru added, noting that some of those people he feels are put in danger are his customers. "Cops supposed to do something more than normal maybe arrest them."

In addition to the ten arrests police tell us the court awarded one of these dirt bikes to the department following a hearing. East Haven residents tell us they've simply had enough

"They just come out of nowhere," DeFelice said. "It's a vehicle. It's illegal to ride. If they're not registered they don't belong on the street."

The Department says it's looking into these crimes vigorously and has ongoing investigations and arrest warrants pending for some of these riders involved in more recent activity.
 

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