Newington police have arrested two people amid an investigation into groups of people driving ATVs and illegal dirt bikes recklessly and causing concern in local neighborhoods.
Police said they received several complaints last summer and the riders, who were often wearing masks, were pulling wheelies, cutting off traffic and disregarding stop signs and traffic lights.
At times, the groups of riders ranged from five people to more than 30, and the drivers would sometimes engage officers who tried to stop them in a chase, police said.
Jan Javier Sanchez, 21, of New London, was arrested on March 28 and was charged with four counts of reckless driving, four counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and four counts of operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
Roberto Alicea, 26, of New Britain, was arrested on April 8 and was charged with three counts of operating an unregistered motor vehicle, three counts of operating a motor vehicle under suspension, three counts of reckless driving and one count of second-degree reckless endangerment.
He was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at New Britain Superior Court on April 20.