Last year, a man tried to get away from a traffic stop by hitting and dragging a police officer on an ATV. The man was found guilty of multiple charges, including assault and battery. Jeremias Cabral, who is 22 years old, was given a term on Friday, April 21. He will spend two years in the Bristol County House of Correction.
On November 4, 2022, a police officer stopped an ATV near Robeson and Delcar Streets. When the driver tried to get away, he hit the officer and dragged him for several hundred feet.
When backup came, they found the cop, who had been in the force for 17 years, lying on the ground and badly hurt. The cop was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment and then sent home. The Major Crimes Division found out that Cabral was the one who drove the ATV. He was caught on December 5.
Cabral was found guilty of several crimes, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery on a police officer, negligent operation of a recreational vehicle causing serious bodily injury, and running a recreational vehicle in a public way.
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Fall River is Still Going After People Who Ride Atvs and Dirt Bikes Without a License
In the past few years, Fall River police have tried to stop people from driving ATVs and dirt bikes unsafely and illegally on city streets. They have done this by giving out tickets and using drone cameras to find the drivers.
In 2016, Rafael Cordeiro, 19, was killed at Slade and Montaup streets when he was riding a dirt bike without headlights at 2 a.m. and crashed into a police cruiser that was reacting to a call.
The tweet below verifies the news:
A Fall River man hit and dragged a police officer with an ATV. Now he's headed to prison. https://t.co/eOJVCENMCl
— The Herald News (@HNNow) April 24, 2023
In September, a 23-year-old man was seriously hurt when he crashed his illegal Kawasaki dirt bike into an 89-year-old man’s car at President Avenue and Robeson Street. Witnesses told police that the rider had been speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and doing “wheelies.”
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has also told people who ride ATVs and dirt bikes that using the train right of way as a riding path is against the law.
State law says that recreational vehicles must be registered with the state Environmental Police and can only be used on public roads that accept them. ATVs are not allowed on any of the trails in the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, but dirt bikes are.
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