Springfield police seize illegal dirt bike, arrest unlicensed rider

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SPRINGFIELD — In an operation to curb illegal off-highway vehicle (OHV) activity, Springfield police apprehended an unlicensed dirt bike rider and confiscated the bike on Wednesday evening.

The Springfield Police Department’s Anti-OHV/Dirt Bike public safety detail targeted areas with frequent illegal riding reports.

At 6:25 p.m., undercover officers spotted a rider on Wilbraham Road.

They conducted a traffic stop near Eastern Avenue after safely trailing the individual.

The rider, 19-year-old Yencer Payano of Springfield, lacked a valid driver’s license and was arrested.

His bike was towed from the scene.

Payano faces multiple charges including unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating an uninsured and unregistered snow/recreational vehicle, and violations for not wearing a helmet and riding on public ways.

The crackdown follows ongoing complaints about reckless dirt bike riding endangering community safety.

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