Illegal dirt bike riders are causing major problems for Rochester City Police

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Illegal dirt bike riders are causing major problems for Rochester City Police. Many questions are being raised about the bikes after two officers were suspended for an arrest they made on April 16. 

Surveillance video shows two patrol cars pulling up behind Alexander Garries, who was on a motorbike, then slamming him to the ground. 

Riding dirt bikes on the city streets of Rochester is illegal. The Rochester Police Department say these vehicles belong off-road and, as with any high performance vehicle, policing these offenders is difficult. 

“Just the mere fact that they are able to get up and over on curbs, go through yards, all that stuff that our regular patrol vehicles can’t do,” said Deputy Chief Scott Peters, with the Rochester Police Department.
Officers can turn lights on to try to get vehicles to stop, but sometimes that doesn’t work. 
“If its determined that the chase is not going to stop and it’s going to continue, there is a safety issue to the citizens we are going to terminate it,” says Peters.
The Rochester Police Department says, ideally, they would love to catch the operator, impound the vehicle, and deal accordingly. 
Right now, their plan is to get them when they are stopped, and technology is on their side. 
“We can use facial recognition software especially with their GoPro videos they like to put out on the internet,” said Peters. “Use that and maybe we can locate where these vehicles are being stored.”
There is a time and place for these vehicles, but it is not on city streets. 

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