Just weeks after the city backed off its plan
to construct a dirt bike track at Marion Park, we turn now to law enforcement, which has been working in its own way to crack down on illegal dirt bike riders. The long-running problem is that officers in patrol cars cannot pursue riders on bikes or ATVs.
With that end in mind, the Cleveland Division of Police has purchased its own small fleet of three dirt bikes — or, in our Modern Age of Euphemism, "multi-purpose off-road vehicles." There are plans to purchase three more in the future.
“We’ll be able to pursue them with these vehicles," James Muhic of CPD's traffic commission told WEWS
. "My officers will go down railroad tracks, upstairs, wherever you want to go we’re going to go with you."
A dirt bike chase on Saturday ended with a rider "wiping out" on the east side and an officer swooping in for arrests, according to the news station, which first reported on this department move.