Concerns spike throughout Cleveland after bikers run amok over weekend
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - "That they were going to hit someone. They obviously didn't care. They were doing whatever they wanted," said a Lakewood resident.
More than 100 ATV's and dirt bike riders took to the streets, and freeways.
They ignored stoplights, and drove between cars, through residential neighbors and busy popular areas for restaurants.
Cleveland Police Dispatch even called Lakewood to warn them, "I just wanted to advise you that you have about 50 or 60 dirt bike riders on your way on Clifton. I don't know if you got any calls. They've been in our city all day, blocking traffic, shutting it down, popping wheelies. All kinds of dangerous stunts."
The 9-1-1 calls started around 6:30 in Shaker Heights, and then cropped up in Cleveland, Lakewood, Rocky River, Bay Village and back into the Flats.
"There's 100," a woman told Shaker Heights dispatchers.
The dispatcher responded, "Oh, they are aware ma'am."
One of the Lakewood neighbors said the ATV riders actually crashed right into a pole. He tells me the rider wasn't injured. There was a truck following along that tried to pick up that ATV before the cops could arrive.
"They all came back to get the ATV, but we wouldn't let him take it. So they came in the grass and started spinning around until they heard the cops coming, then they took off," the neighbor said.
The neighbor wasn't concerned about his grass, but what the riders may hit next, "They almost hit a guy walking down there."
The promoter for the group explains bikers from across the country came to protest for 'bikes up guns down.'
He says they don't condone driving on lawns or sidewalks.
"What happened yesterday was so irresponsible on so many levels," said Rocky River resident, Pam.
Many, like Pam, took to social media, posting videos, to show just how dangerous these riders were behaving.
"This could have been 100 times worse than what happened yesterday, and someone could have lost their life," Pam said.
The bikers were involved in at least two accidents.
No one was seriously hurt. We also know Lakewood arrested 5 people.
Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested one, and Shaker Heights arrested a rider, as well.
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