Brentwood (WALK) - For the third time in a month, there's word of motorcycle mayhem in our area.
Seven bikers were arrested in Suffolk on Sunday, and dozens more were given tickets, after police received a slew of 911 calls about reckless motorcycles, dirt bikes and ATVs riding in a pack on local roadways. The calls came in from Sunrise Highway in West Islip, Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon, Montauk Highway in Bay Shore and other adjoining communities.
Most of the bikers under arrest were charged with reckless driving, but some face additional charges. Samuel Morales of Brooklyn is charged with driving without a license and resisting arrest after a confrontation with cops. Police say Morales, 19, was seen passing cars on the right shoulder and going through a red light on Pine Aire Drive in Bay Shore.
Jason Coleman of Yonkers was also arrested on Pine Aire Drive. Coleman, 29, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly made an illegal U-turn and collided with a sedan.
Thomas Palacios of Bay Shore is charged with driving under the influence. Police say they caught Palacios, 35, operating an ATV on Pine Aire Drive in Bay Shore.
The other suspects that were arrested include Tikret Cekic of Brooklyn, 23, who is charged with fleeing a police officer; Joel Hernandez of Brentwood, 19, charged with criminal mischief after allegedly backing into a police car; and Matthew Valentino of East Quogue, 25, accused of forcing other vehicles off the road to avoid hitting him on Udall Road in the Baywood section of North Bay Shore. An unidentified passenger on one motorcycle was charged with obstruction of justice after she allegedly tried to flee a police officer.
In addition, more than 30 other bikers were ticketed for alleged trespassing. Police say the group gathered on their bikes behind the Suffolk County Department of Social Services building in Bay Shore.
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