Cops: 7 motorcyclists charged with reckless driving on LIE
Highway patrol officers arrested seven motorcyclists and impounded their bikes Monday after they drove 90 mph in and out of traffic on the Long Island Expressway, Suffolk police said.
One officer tailed the group for 10 eastbound exits -- about 14 miles -- after two 911 callers reported seeing them about noon in Melville, near Exit 49-Route 110, police said.
Police said it was not a chase, as the officer trailed behind while positioning other cars at several exits far ahead of the bikers to help stop them.
"He was afraid they were going to run," highway patrol Sgt. George Hodge said. "He described them as looking like ants at a picnic, the way they were weaving in and out between vehicles and crossing the lanes."
The bikes -- four blue, one yellow, one gray and another red -- could be seen Monday afternoon on the side of the expressway at Exit 63 in Farmingville.
The yellow Suzuki sported a frowning face and lettering that read, "Let me guess . . . License and Registration?"
The arrests come two weeks after motorcyclists in Manhattan chased and beat driver Alex Lien Sept. 29 in an Upper West Side road-rage incident.
Hodge said the bikers Monday may have been unaware they were being followed. Even though the officer's supercharged Mustang was marked, he said, it had a low-profile rack of lights.
When traffic had slowed and it was safe to pull the bikers over, a highway patrol officer at Exit 63 moved in front of the motorcyclists, police said.
The two officers escorted the riders without incident to the shoulder by North Ocean Avenue, police said.
Hodge said he thinks one reason they pulled over was because of the supercharged Mustang: "Maybe they thought they couldn't get away from it."
There were no reports of injuries or accidents, police said.
The seven motorcyclists were issued field-appearance tickets on misdemeanor reckless-driving charges and other vehicle and traffic law violations.
They were Edward Gianino, 25, of Farmingdale; Emilio Morales, 28, of Brooklyn; Ian Glass, 20, of Farmingdale; Nicholas Belletti, 28, of Great Neck; Oskar Bucki, 20, of Glendale; David Golaszewski, 20, of Glendale; and Victor Dasilva, 33, of Farmingdale.
Gianino's mother declined to comment and his attorney did not call back Monday evening. None of the others could be reached for comment.With Mackenzie Issler