ATLANTA, Ga. – Atlanta authorities are wrestling with how to handle rogue riders that swarm the city for impromptu rolling dirt bike and ATV rallies, breaking traffic and other laws. – Follow at #RayDay5
Police say about 400 dirt bikes, ATVs and other motorized vehicles were traveling in a loose group June 28 when an Atlanta Police officer noticed several of them were running red lights and driving on the wrong side of the road. When the officer approached the vehicles, he was surrounded as they “popped wheelies and drove very recklessly,” according to a police report.
The officer then noticed a red Polaris Slingshot near the back of the pack that allegedly ran multiple red lights and drove on the wrong side of the road. After pulling the vehicle over, he arrested Kirk Frost, who appears on the TV show “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” on multiple charges, including reckless driving, operating an unregistered vehicle, failure to stop for an emergency vehicle, driving on the wrong side of the roadway and five counts of failure to obey a traffic control device, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Another man was also arrested for blocking traffic nearby with a “pack” of dirt bike and ATV drivers. While on the scene, the responding officer saw “approximately 30-50 dirt bikes start to circle the location,” according to a police report. A patrol car’s window was kicked in during an ensuing fracas.
The men arrested were two of hundreds of off-road vehicle drivers to take to Atlanta’s streets in an event known as #RayDay5. The Instagram hashtag includes several photos of dirt bike and ATV riders violating state laws.
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