Wild ATV Ride Ends With Vandalism and Assault

Willimantic police are searching for the driver.

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    Police are looking for the ATV driver who caused damage in Willimantic.

    Willimantic police are looking for the driver of an all-terrain-vehicle who damaged at least one property and assaulted a concerned neighbor over the weekend.

    The vandalism happened on South Ridge Drive, where someone on an ATV rode over Dawn Ducot's lawn and tore parts of it up. No one was home at the time and most of the damage has since been repaired.

    "It's quiet up here. We have no problems. This is the first thing that's happened since I've been here, seven years, so it's pretty scary," said Ducot.

    While the others in his group sped off, the driver rode by the home again and assaulted a neighbor who tried to point out the damage, police said.

    "He went up the street, I guess 25 miles an hour, came down and cold-cocked him as he was walking across the street," said Ducot.

    There's other damage on the street that residents fear might be the work of the same person.

    A basketball hoop is toppled over. It has tire marks on it, and on the ground next to it.

    There are also damaged stop signs in the neighborhood.

    Residents who live on the street said ATVs have long been a problem there.

    "They've been coming up here quite a bit and speeding constantly and you back out of the driveway and you really have to be really careful because they are very, very fast," said Mildred Sullivan.

    "They're going by the house, back and forth, and it's just a disturbance to everyone up here," said Robert Sullivan.

    The driver in the case was wearing a helmet and was riding a black and orange quad-style ATV, according to police.

    If you have any information about the incident, call Willimantic police.