Police break up large, loud scene involving dirt bikes and ATVs overnight
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A chaotic scene involving ATVs and dirt bikes led to a large police response and a DWI arrest in Rochester overnight.
Police were called to North Clinton Avenue near Upper Falls Boulevard to break up a gathering of people on ATVs and dirt bikes just before midnight Sunday into Monday.
Police say they were blocking traffic, doing donuts in the street, and playing music so loud that it could be heard from a quarter-mile away.
It took nearly three hours and a large number of police resources to break up the scene because Lt. Greg Bello says, "During events like last night, we are typically outnumber[ed] by a significant sized, anti-police crowd. Our mission priority adjusts to dispersing the group safely without antagonizing things further."
Twenty-one traffic tickets were issued, one person was arrested for DWI and one vehicle was towed.
Bello also said, "Unfortunately, this Sunday night group has been a consistent problem during the nicer weather. We are continuing to work with the neighborhood associations and other community partners in an attempt to prevent these impromptu, dangerous, gatherings."
Police say officers stayed in the area until about 2:45 a.m. "to ensure the safety of all involved".