Oxford man’s riding an “ongoing quality of life issue” for residents

OXFORD — A local man’s Saturday night dirt bike ride ultimately put him on the fast track to the back of a police cruiser.

The 27-year-old Oxford resident, whose identity was not provided in a public statement by the Oxford Police Department, was arrested on multiple charges after law enforcement was made aware he was riding a dirt bike “in the area of the train tracks” in the Allen Avenue neighborhood around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Police said they established a perimeter and observed the dirt bike operating on nearby George Street. Officers made an enforcement stop of the dirt bike and arrested the man, charging him with operating a motor vehicle while suspended for OUI; negligent operation of a recreational vehicle; operation of a recreational vehicle on a public way; operating on railroad tracks; and operating an unregistered recreational vehicle on a public way.

According to police, who noted this rider is the exception rather than the rule, the dirt bike rides had become a problem for some in the neighborhood.

“We understand the vast majority of recreational riders ride lawfully and responsibly,” read a statement by the Oxford Police Department. “This incident has been an ongoing quality of life issue for the residents of this neighborhood and we are happy this incident ended with the suspect in custody.”

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