Utica man gets 72 tickets after fleeing police on ATV through city streets
Updated 3:35 PM; Today 2:47 PM
Utica, N.Y. — Bored while staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic?
Utica police are warning those who look to entertain themselves by riding all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes or mini-bikes to stay off of city streets.
On Wednesday, an extended ATV joy ride earned a Utica man 72 tickets after he was arrested for driving it on city streets and refusing to stop for police.
Jasmin Kendic, 23, also was charged with obstructing governmental administration and fleeing from police.
Utica Police Lt. Bryan Coromato said in a news release that the warmer weather has spurred a number of complaints about ATVs, dirt motorcycles and mini-bikes being operated on city streets, public highways and in parks.
Last month, city police ticketed four others for illegally riding ATVs in parks and on the streets.
“We realize that people are bored during the COVID-19 self-quarantine period. However these vehicles have no place in our city parks or highways,” Coromato said. “The ATV’s are damaging the grounds of our city parks and pose a hazard to motor vehicle traffic on public highways.”
There's a clown that lives down the street from us that likes to run his ATV occasionaly up & down the street with pedal to the metal. A couple weeks ago the cops were at his house. They must have nailed him for it because I haven't seen him on it since.
We lived on a culdesac in N Utica and there was a spoiled little brat down the street that was allowed to ride his dirt bike and ATV up and down the street as well as carving muddy paths on the property of an adjacent church. He had a friend around the corner on Herkimer Rd and would cut across the corner of our lawn to get there. After almost getting in a fist fight with his dad, I ended up erecting two posts and a piece of heavy wire with white rags hanging for visibility. After dealing with the father I soon realized why the kid was such and unruly little bastard.
We had a guy near here rack up almost as many tickets and charges as the ATV rider. I don't know the exact count but he was charged with DWI, driving without a license, open container, drug paraphernalia, and an open container, along with speeding at 124 mph in a 70 mph zone. He was driving a Honda Civic. I didn't realize that a Civic would even go that fast. Details were to follow, but how many other details can there be? I would say other than publishing his name and the amount of his bond or bail, they had pretty much covered the story.