Matthew Stabley

ATVs Weave Through Traffic, Occupy Sidewalk at National Harbor

A group of nearly 100 ATV riders weaved in and out of vehicle and pedestrian traffic at National Harbor over the weekend.

The video from National Harbor is just one of at least four other incidents of ATV riders illegally navigating through traffic in different parts of the D.C. area Sunday. 

“This will not be tolerated,” Prince George’s County Deputy Police Chief George Nichols said Monday. “It is egregious and malicious behavior, and for those that engage in it, we just want you to know that you are not safe. We are coming for you.”

Police tried to stop the riders but they got away.

"Don't think you just got away with it," Nichols continued. "We'll be knocking on your door. We'll be coming to see you shortly." 

Police promised to do everything they can to get them off the street.

"I have personally met with our legislators down in Annapolis, and they are actually working on legislation to ensure we get stiffer penalties for those who engage and indulge in this type of activity," Nichols said.

Police believe the same group may have swarmed H Street in northeast D.C. Sunday night. ATV riders were also reported in parts of northwest D.C. and southeast D.C. 

The man who recorded the video from his balcony asked not to be identified.


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"People were just trying to get out of the way," he said. "That's all they were doing."

He's worried someone could get hurt.

"The tourists, I don't want them to say I don't want them to go to National Harbor because it's dangerous," he said. "It's really not."

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correctly attribute statements by Prince George’s County Deputy Police Chief George Nichols.

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