Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bike Officer Run Down By Hit and Run ATV

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

PHILADELPHIA - Police are looking for a man who ran over a Philadelphia police officer with a dirt bike.

The 34-year-old policeman has a broken wrist but was released from a hospital within hours of being injured Thursday evening.

Police say two bicycle officers saw the dirt bike going the wrong way on a one-way street. They pursued the man but he turned his dirt bike around and gunned the engine, running over one of the officers before fleeing the scene.

Illegal ATV's are a big problem in Philadelphia, not only on city streets but also on our urban paved trails. The Cobbs Creek and Tookany Creek trails see a substantial amount of ATV traffic. Bicyclists, people walking their dogs and families walking with small children are all vulnerable to these motorized terrorists. Unless a concerted crackdown takes place an ATV fatality is only a matter of time.


Adam said...

The cops just need to wait alongside the trail with a spike strip, and puncture these guys.

Anonymous said...

I had heard that the PPD has a no chase policy regarding these "motorized terrorits".

Anonymous said...

I live in Baltimore, I see the same problem here.
What really can be done?