The Metropolitan Police Department destroyed more than 60 off-road vehicles that were seized for being illegally operated in Washington, D.C.
Police said 62 ATVs and dirt bikes were turned into 14,180 pounds of recyclable metal at a location in Capitol Heights, Maryland, on Saturday. The vehicles were seized during arrests for crimes or were left abandoned in public spaces and not registered or the owners failed to claim them.
“We hope those who illegally and recklessly operate these vehicles will see this as a symbolic gesture that this type of behavior won’t be tolerated in the District of Columbia,” said police Chief Peter Newsham. “The community is fed up with this behavior. As long as they continue endangering the lives of everyone on our streets, MPD will continue confiscating and destroying these vehicles.”
D.C. police released more photos Tuesday of ATV riders who illegally rode through streets on dirt bikes and ATVs late last month.
Dozens of dirt bike and ATV riders wove in and out of vehicle and pedestrian traffic June 25 in National Harbor, Maryland. Riders also were seen in D.C. on Pennsylvania Avenue, on H Street NE and near the Tidal Basin.