Police in CT Still Investigating Wild ATV Street Takeover With 300 Bikes
Several Connecticut towns continue to investigate a wild street takeover on Boston Post Road in early July ('23).
According to the Orange Police Department 200-300 ATV's, dirt bikes and motorcycles took over Boston Post Road on July 8th, 2023 at around 6:30 pm. Authorities say the motorcycles traveled "recklessly" down Route 1 from West Haven into Milford with some popping wheelies and others weaving in an out of traffic. Police say many of the vehicles are not registered some operators were ignoring traffic signals.
A portion of the street takeover was captured on smartphone video and shared with police who were able to identify and arrest at least one suspect. On July 19th the Orange Police Department arrested 28 year old Justin Potts and charged him with a variety of offenses including drinking-while-driving, reckless driving and operating an unregistered vehicle.
Police in Orange and Milford are continuing their investigation, hoping to identify and charge additional suspects according to a July 31 report from News 12. News 12 has additional stills and a video they obtained from police in the report. The Milford and Orange Police Facebook pages also feature additional photographs of the incident.
If you can identify any of the riders in the photos or videos, police are asking that you contact them. Reach out to the Town of Orange PD through Lieutenant Michael Kosh at (203)891-2138 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact the Milford Police through Detective Anania at (203)783-4733 or at email@example.com.
Milford Police and other CT agencies have been warning parents to keep their kids off these illegal bikes for years. This news report from WTNH is from 2017.
I hate to sound like an angry old man but this is so dangerous and annoying. This has been happening on a much smaller scale where I live in Danbury, CT. I've seen many near misses with these riders and other cars and there is rarely any helmets worn. The most frustrating thing to know is that police do not chase these suspects when they see them. I understand they do that for public safety purposes but it sure feels like the riders are getting away with it at the time.
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