3 people arrested after large group of quads and quads drove through Suffolk, police say

Three people among a large group of ATV and off-road motorcycle riders crossing Suffolk County were arrested on Sunday and charged with traffic offenses, authorities said.

Riverhead Police received several calls around 3:50 p.m. from around 50 to 100 people riding ATVs and dirt bikes through town, Sgt. said Jonathan Devereaux.

He said officers were trying to bring the group together, but the runners were “extremely uncooperative.”

Devereaux said a 45-year-old man, whose quad slipped off the road, was arrested and charged with driving a quad on a public road along with numerous other vehicle and traffic offenses. He received an appearance ticket and released.

Suffolk County Police officers also responded to two motor vehicle accidents involving ATVs around 4 p.m. while assisting Riverhead Police, according to a statement from Suffolk County Police.

The first accident was reported at 3:59 p.m. on Ridge Road in Ridge when the ATV operator was involved in a single vehicle accident near the Whiskey Road intersection. The 15-year-old driver was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, Suffolk County Police said.

He was charged with reckless driving and released on a ticket to appear in Suffolk County Family Court at a later date.

The second crash was reported on Rocky Point Road in Rocky Point around 4:05 pm, when the operator of an ATV “lost control and became disabled”, Suffolk police said. No injuries were reported.

Dominic Avarello, 20, of Massapequa, was charged with reckless driving and released on a ticket to appear in Central Islip Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

All three ATVs were impounded.


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