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March 24, 2021FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Detective Thomas M. CuddySpecial Assistant to the Chief/PIO978-794-5900 Extension 647 TCuddy@lawpd.com
As widely reported in the media, with the onset of warmerweather police departments across the Commonwealth, including the LawrencePolice Department, are getting increasing complaints regarding reckless anddangerous operation of motorcycles and off-road vehicles on public ways.Operating off-road vehicles such as ATV’s, dirt bikes and unregisteredmotor-scooters is unlawful as they are not intended for use on city streets.
The Lawrence Police Department is committed to everyone’ssafety and respects everyone’s privilege to ride in a lawful and appropriatemanner. However, there are groups and individuals who operate these vehicles ina manner that endangers the public and themselves. They frequently travel inlarge groups with little regard for public safety or motor vehicle laws. Theycreate a public nuisance, obstruct traffic and are often not properlyregistered or stolen.
As part of an ongoing effort to put an end to the verydangerous and destructive behavior the Lawrence Police Department joined forceswith Troopers from Massachusetts State Police Troop A, as well theMassachusetts State Police AirWing, and the Essex County Sheriff Department inan operation to address this issue. Today's operation was led by LawrencePolice Lt. Jay Cerullo and Massachusetts State Police Lt. Pete Morawiak.
As a result of this collaboration 20 citations were issuedfor moving violations and equipment deficiencies, 13 vehicles were towed, 3individuals were summonsed into court and 6 arrests were made 1 stolen motorcycleand 1 stolen plate were recovered
Jobanne Mendez age 31 of North Andover was charged withreckless operation of motor vehicle, stop for police fail, and unregisteredmotor vehicle.
Sergio Bautista age 19 of Methuen was charged with recklessoperation of motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle, stop for police fail,uninsured MV/trailer, attaching wrong MV plates, and unlicensed operation ofMV.
Rigoberto Cabrera age 33 of Lawrence was arrested onoutstanding warrants.
Brandol Santos age 21 of Lawrence was charged with recklessoperation of motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle, stop for police fail,attaching wrong MV plates, uninsured MV/trailer, receive stolen property-$1200, and pedestrian violation.
Jeffery Benedicto age 30 of Lawrence was charged with stopfor police fail and reckless operation of motor vehicle.
Luis Negron age 35 of Lawrence was charged with recklessoperation of motor vehicle, stop for police fail, and resisting arrest.
Chief Vasque is grateful to Colonel Christopher Mason andMajor Matthew Gravini from Troop A, and Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppingerfor joining the Lawrence Police Department in addressing this serious issuewhich is a nuisance not only for Lawrence residents but for residents across theCommonwealth. This is the first many such operations with the MassachusettsState Police and other Police Departments across the Merrimack Valley.
Mayor Vasquez stated “I will continue to work together withChief Vasque and the Lawrence Police Department to put an end to the dangerousoperation of these unregistered vehicles on the streets of the city ofLawrence. We have a zero tolerance policy for illegal activity. If you areoperating these off-road vehicles or driving a motorcycle recklessly you willbe issued a citation, arrested, and charged.”
Residents with information relating to the illegal operationof these recreational vehicles in their neighborhood are urged to contact theDepartment by emailing email@example.com as well as Text to Tip type LAWTIPand your message, then send it to 274637 (CRIMES on most cell phones). TextSTOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Message and data ratesmay apply.