WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – For those participating, it was meant to be a “peaceful” stroll on dirt-bikes and ATVs throughout Trumbull County, but police say the illegal “Bikes up Guns Down Warren City Ride Out” created mayhem.
“I don’t understand why they’re giving us such a hard time,” rider Trevor Hall said. “Nobody got hurt, no accidents, and I got a warrant for my arrest now for no reason.”
“This was a planned event, illegal event, that’s been popping up across Ohio,” Warren Police Lt. Jeff Cole said. “We learned of it through Instagram posts in the past, so we were slightly aware of it.”
According to police, more than 70 bikers riding through Warren, Niles, Champion, and Liberty, to name a few locations, were popping wheelies and blowing through red lights, as can be seen in the video with this story.
In Warren, seven adults and a juvenile are facing charges including failure to comply. Officers also impounded several SUVs, trailers and more than a dozen off-road vehicles.
“There’s a place for ATVs and those types of vehicles, but it’s not city streets, it’s not public streets,” Warren Mayor Doug Franklin said.
Col said no one was injured throughout the incident, but it could have been a lot worse.
Hall said the event was just meant to be a peaceful ride through the streets of Trumbull County.
“We were running from the cops, but like I said, they have way more bigger things that they should be worried about,” Hall said.