ATV Rider Pops Wheelies and Taunts DC Police In Location Where Dirt Bike Rider Was Killed
An all-terrain vehicle rider is seen revving his engine and performing wheelies in front of a D.C. police cruiser in a video taken on the same street where a dirt bike rider was killed last week.
Jeffrey Price was killed when his motorbike crashed into a police cruiser on Friday, May 4, on Division Avenue and Fitch Place in Northeast D.C., according to the Washington Post.
Following the crash, the 22-year-old rider was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.
It is reported Price was on the wrong side of the road and moving at high speed when he hit the police vehicle, according to authorities.
Police also said they were not in pursuit of the rider.
It is department policy for officers not to chase after dirt bike riders due to safety issues.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham responded to allegations that Price was being chased.
“We don’t have any information to suggest there was a pursuit,” he told Fox35 “There were several witnesses that were out on their porches that day. We spoke to all of them and none of them suggested it was a pursuit. So if the family has somebody that is saying this, we would like to hear from them.”
The police chief was also asked if officers used a blocking maneuver.
“That remains to be seen. I can tell you if you go up to the scene and see this for yourself, the motorcycle left about 60 yards of skid marks before it struck the vehicle, so it appears we had an unauthorized vehicle on the streets of the District of Columbia operating at a high rate of speed,” Newsham said.
“What caused of the accident remains to be seen.”