Friday, 04 October 2013 10:29

Motorcyclists Arrested for Two County Stunt Ride

By Staff Report | News

WILTON - Eight motorcyclists were recently charged with various criminal charges along with a combined 173 traffic tickets stemming from a street stunt ride through Saratoga and Warren Counties back on July 27.

 

 On that date, nearly 100 motorcyclists converged on posted private property in Queensbury and conducted an illegal stunt show. The group, many of whom are reportedly part of a group called “Section 518,” subsequently rode through Glens Falls and south into Saratoga County, riding recklessly along the way.

The State Police received numerous 911 calls from motorists who had been run off the road or witnessed reckless driving acts by this group. At times during the ride, motorcyclists were observed driving head-on into oncoming traffic, forcing other vehicles off the road, driving on sidewalks and passing vehicles on highway shoulders at high rates of speed, running red lights, as well as performing stunts such as wheelies on the highways.

 Officials responded with several dozen state troopers and police helicopter and arrested a large group of the riders in Wilton. At the scene, numerous tickets were issued and motorcycles towed and one person was arrested for felony vehicular assault, resisting arrest and reckless driving.

 A subsequent two-month investigation followed which included analyzing video evidence obtained from some of the riders who wore video cameras on the ride, as well as video they posted on the Internet.

 That investigation resulted in the recent charges for the eight individuals. 

Jared Wells, Troy, 23, charged with the misdemeanor of unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle third degree, as well as trespass and numerous vehicle and traffic offenses; Nicholas J. Ciccone, Queensbury, 24, charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment second degree and trespass; Michael Lawlor, Schodack Landing, 26, charged with the misdemeanors of  unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle third degree, reckless endangerment second degree, trespass, reckless driving and various other vehicle and traffic offenses; Matthew Motian, Queensbury, 26, charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment second, disorderly conduct, trespass, four counts of misdemeanor reckless driving and 20 other vehicle and traffic offenses; Gerald Dessureau, Albany, 25, charged with two counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment second, unlawful fleeing a police officer in motor vehicle third degree, trespass, disorderly conduct, two counts of misdemeanor reckless driving and various other vehicle and traffic offenses; Charles Pace, Glens Falls, 25, charged with felony vehicular assault, misdemeanor resisting arrest, reckless driving and other vehicle and traffic offenses; Jonathan Matala, Melrose, 21, charged with the misdemeanors of reckless endangerment second degree and unlawful fleeing a police officer in motor vehicle third degree, trespass, misdemeanor reckless driving and various other vehicle and traffic tickets.

 

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