Dirt Bike Riders Arrested During Chaotic Scene

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Hartford police officers found a chaotic scene on Sunday while they were attempting to break up a gathering of people riding dirt bikes and quad vehicles in the city's South End. 

Police arrived at 31-33 Mountford St. to a frenzy of bike and quad operators trying to flee the rear of the property.  

The vehicles are the subject of citizen complaints during the day and several officers had seen these vehicles racing around the city, police said.

Officers detained five people, seized nine dirt bikes/quads.

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, 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.

Police said the vehicles were spotted on Main Street, Forest Street and Wethersfield Avenue, among other places, and the drivers have been seen riding in packs, pulling wheelies, running red lights and ignoring traffic laws.  

Several males were able to flee on other bikes/quads, according to police, and a Hartford police cruiser was struck by one of the fleeing bikes/quads. There was damage to the driver's door of the cruiser. 

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