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‘Bikes Up, Guns Down’ rideouts cause dangerous conditions on South Florida roads


Source: www.local10.com

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‘Bikes Up, Guns Down’ rideouts cause dangerous conditions on South Florida roads

 PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Authorities arrested numerous ATV and dirt bike riders Monday afternoon during the illegal “Bikes Up, Guns Down” ride.

Riders began hitting the streets about 2 p.m. 

Florida Highway Patrol officers could be seen at the entrances to numerous highways, trying to stop the riders before they made it on the highways.

Riders were spotted by Sky 10 popping wheelies, driving against traffic and disobeying traffic lights. 

Despite riders on social media claiming that “Bikes Up, Guns Down” was a “peaceful” event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., several riders were seen kicking a police vehicle and then flicking off the officer as he drove behind them. 

Miami-Dade police said they have made six felony arrests and one misdemeanor arrest as of 3 p.m. Monday. Police impounded 53 ATV’s/dirt bikes/motorcycles in that same period of time.

Hollywood police said by 4:30 p.m., 5 people had been arrested and 20 vehicles were seized.

A short time later, Hollywood police said a stolen trailer had been seized from an Airbnb in the 1400 block of Lee Street, as well as nine ATVs and a Rolls Royce. 

Meanwhile, Local 10 News reporter Carlos Suarez was on Sheridan Street, just west of U.S. Route 1, as three people were taken into custody.

The two men and a woman were handcuffed and were seen sitting on the sidewalk before Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies took them to jail.

“Those are registered — insurance. I got everything. I got paperwork,” one man said. 

“So, how do you feel about ending up here?” Suarez asked.

” I don’t really care,” the man said.  

Deputies said the woman who was taken into custody is a probation officer from New York.

“Most of these individuals are from out of town, if not from out of state,” BSO Detective Donnard Huneke said. “One of the apprehended was from Jacksonville, another one from Kissimmee, and those two are from the New York City area — the Bronx, in particular. The female arrestee has identified herself as a probation officer for New York City.”

Huneke said deputies were not chasing vehicles in an effort to keep the public safe.

“The deputies did not pursue the vehicles, however, they followed at safe distance, getting license plates,” he said. “Several of the individuals were running in the wrong way of traffic, tailgating, coming close to vehicles and doing wheelies.”

The two people from New York told deputies that although they were riding dirt bikes on the road, they were not a part of the Bikes Up, Guns Down ride-out.  

By 4 p.m., deputies had arrested five people and towed seven vehicles. 

Authorities said the suspects face various charges, including reckless driving and speeding. 

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