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Cops crack down on illegal dirt bike activity

An NYPD patrol car is shown in this

An NYPD patrol car is shown in this file photo taken on March 18, 2012. Credit: Getty Images

NYPD officers have arrested three people and confiscated eight vehicles while conducting a citywide crackdown on drivers illegally riding dirt bikes and ATVs.

The sting was in response to a case involving an ATV rider who was charged with dragged an officer in Brooklyn last week.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday, officers patrolling Manhattan on foot looking for illegal bikes saw Donovan Hibbert, 28, of Harlem, riding recklessly near Second Avenue, police said.

The officers caught up with Hibbert after he fled on foot and arrested him following a brief struggle, police said.

He was charged with reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. Two dirt bikes that were abandoned in the vicinity were confiscated by the NYPD.

Around the same time, two other officers in an unmarked vehicle saw Andy Hernandez, 21, of Harlem, riding an unregistered dirt bike on Broadway between 137th and 138th streets, the NYPD said. Officers said Hernandez ditched his bike and ran up to the rooftop of a building on 138th Street.

Cops caught Hernandez after chasing him from rooftop to rooftop, police said. He faces criminal trespass and other charges, police said. The NYPD confiscated his 2008 KTM 125 CC dirt bike.

Officers also arrested Samuel Lopez, 41, an off-duty sanitation department employee, who was driving wildly on his camouflage-colored ATV Saturday, police said.

He was seen driving in and out of traffic near on Madison Avenue at East 135th Street, police said. Cops caught up with him at a gas station while he was refueling and arrested him on multiple charges, police said. The officers confiscated his vehicle.

Another ATV driver who was at the gas station fled on foot and left his vehicle, which was also taken by the officers, the NYPD said.

Last week, officers arrested Kenny Ortiz, 31, after police said he dragged a detective 200 feet with his ATV after the officer tried to arrest him in Brooklyn.

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