Local police agencies to hold news conference Thursday to address illegal off-road vehicles
WASHINGTON - On Thursday, law enforcement leaders are expected to announce a yearlong investigation into illegal dirt bikes and ATVs on area roads.
All of this comes after a D.C. police officer was hit and dragged by an ATV over the weekend and an ambulance on its way to Children's National Medical Center was forced to stop by a group of riders near the hospital.
According to the police report, the officer sustained an injury to his right leg that incident. The officer is expected to be okay as he only suffered a minor injury. The ATV was recovered in Prince George's County.
At North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue, an ambulance was boxed in and forced to stop. It couldn't move even as the ambulance had lights and sirens activated, according to an email from the D.C. Department of Health obtained by FOX 5.
In New York City, authorities have already confiscated more than 300 illegal bikes and want residents to tell them where illegal bikes are stored. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on live television that they would crush the seized bikes.
The question now is -- will Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier take such an aggressive approach? We asked the mayor and chief for details about their plan of action and both refused to comment, saying they will release the details on Thursday.
On Thursday, numerous agencies such as Prince George's County police, Virginia State Police and Maryland State Police and the D.C. attorney general are expected to attend the press conference to discuss the ATV and dirt bike problems on area roadways.