17 individuals charged in joint operation focusing on ATVs and grime bikes on Lawrence streets


Eighteen off-road automobiles have been seized throughout Thursday’s multi-agency crackdown.

Massachusetts State Police seized 18 off-road automobiles Thursday in a multi-agency operation focusing on motorists who allegedly illegally function grime bikes and ATVs on Lawrence’s streets.

Massachusetts State Police arrested seven individuals and seized 18 off-road automobiles Thursday in a multi-agency operation focusing on motorists who allegedly illegally function grime bikes and ATVs on Lawrence streets, based on an announcement.

State police mentioned the sting was carried out with the assistance of air items that relayed aerial details about off-road operators to police on the bottom.

Along with the seven individuals arrested, 10 others shall be summonsed to face felony prices.

Fifty citations have been additionally issued in connection to the crackdown, based on officers. The felony prices embrace unlicensed operation, reckless operation, and receiving a stolen motorized vehicle. Police mentioned a number of the seized bikes are suspected of getting been beforehand stolen. Investigators additionally seized a stolen automobile in the course of the operation.

The joint police effort got here amid an inflow of complaints about people working grime bikes and ATVs on metropolis streets, based on the assertion.

“The operation of off-road automobiles on metropolis streets, typically pushed recklessly, causes a big security menace to motorists and pedestrians,” state police mentioned in a information launch. “Complaints of grime bike and ATV operation on Lawrence streets have elevated in recent times. Working an off-road car on a public means is a violation of Massachusetts Basic Regulation Chapter 90B, Part 25.”

Earlier this week, whereas responding to off-road car complaints in Lawrence, a state police Gang Unit trooper was injured when he was assaulted by the driving force of an off-road car. That man was arrested for assault and battery on a police officer.

A number of legislation enforcement companies assisted in Thursday’s crackdown, together with police from Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, and North Andover. Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Essex County Sheriff’s Division additionally helped within the operation.

The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing helped spot a number of off-road automobiles from the sky.

On Friday, state police shared aerial video of the operation on X, the platform previously often called Twitter.

Investigators mentioned that after fleeing police floor items, some suspects tried to cover their off-road automobiles, whereas others deserted their bikes and fled on foot. Utilizing the helicopter’s mapping system, state police flight crew have been in a position to inform floor officers the place to search out the suspects, in addition to the hidden automobiles.

State and native police carried out related joint operations in Springfield and Lawrence in 2021 and in Brockton earlier this yr.  

The enterprise was well-received by social media customers, with many individuals saying the issue exists of their communities as properly. 

“Bravo. Now come to Lowell,” said one individual. “Occurs on a regular basis in Wellesley too,” said one other.