NEWPORT –– A Newport Police Department officer is seeking public assistance following a traffic incident involving a Yamaha dirt-bike on Chandlers Mill Road on October 1.
The officer, while conducting traffic enforcement, witnessed the dirt-bike ignoring multiple Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) laws and traveling on the roadway parallel to the Sugar River Trail.
The operator of the dirt-bike ignored the officer’s lights and sirens and fled the scene. A photograph of the involved dirt-bike and its two occupants has been released.
The incident occurred directly in front of the residence of one of the generous landowners who contributes to the area’s extensive trail network.
Past incidents of this nature have led to landowner permission being revoked in other parts of the state, a situation local authorities are keen to avoid.
The Newport Police Department is urging anyone with information regarding the identity of the dirt-bike’s operator or any witnesses to the incident to come forward.
Their cooperation will assist in maintaining the Sugar River Trail as a safe and enjoyable place for recreational activities.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Sergeant Marvin at call 603-863-3232.