A large contigent of motorcycles, dirt bike and ATV riders took to Montauk Highway Sunday afternoon prompting dozens of 911 calls reporting reckless driving behavior.
Police have arrested seven of the several dozen riders that drove through West Islip, Bay Shore, North Babylon and Baywood between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Suffolk Police say they issued numerous field appearance tickets and summonses for various vehicle and traffic law violations.
The following arrests were made as a result of the 911 calls.
Samuel Morales, 19, of Brooklyn, who was operating a 2003 Ducati motorcycle, was arrested for Driving Without a Motorcycle License, Reckless Driving and Resisting Arrest. He was observed passing motor vehicles on the right shoulder and going through a red light on Pine Aire Drive in Bay Shore. After falling off his motorcycle, Morales attempted to flee and resisted arrest, say police.
Jason Coleman, 29, of Yonkers, was arrested on Pine Aire Drive in Brentwood and charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Police say Coleman made an illegal U-turn in front of a 2004 Toyota sedan that struck Coleman’s 2009 Yamaha motorcycle. Coleman fled the scene of the crash without exchanging information with the other driver, according to police, and the adult male driver of the Toyota was not injured.
Tikret Cekic, 23, of Brooklyn, was charged with Unlawful
Fleeing of a Police Officer after he drove through a red light on Pine Aire
Drive in Bay Shore at a high rate of speed in an attempt to flee from officers, say police.
Joel Hernandez, 19, of Brentwood, was charged with Criminal Mischief 4th degree and Reckless Driving after he backed into a police vehicle on Pine Aire Drive in Bay Shore, according to plice, who state officers in the vehicle were not injured.
Thomas Palacios, 35, of Bay Shore, is charged Driving Under the Influence after he operated an ATV on Pine Aire Drive and Washington Avenue in Bay Shore while under the influence of alcohol, according to police.
Matthew Valentino, 25, of East Quogue, was charged with Reckless Driving after he was observed driving recklessly on Udall Road in Baywood at a high rate of speed and swerving in and out of on-coming traffic causing other vehicles to swerve off the roadway to avoid him, according to police.
Police said a passenger on one of the motorcycles was charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration second degree after a police officer directed her to stop and she attempted to flee.
First Precinct and Third Precinct officers also arrested more than 30 individuals and issued field appearance tickets for trespassing after they gathered on their bikes behind the Suffolk County Department of Social Services building located at 2 South 2nd Street in Bay Shore.
Four motorcycles and one ATV were impounded.