Falmouth police arrested a Mashpee man after they pursued a large group of dirt bikers and ATV operators who were driving erratically down Main Street and through other areas of town.

On Wednesday, March 17 just before 6 PM, dispatch received multiple calls of a group of about 20 dirt bikes and ATVs riding down Main Street. The callers reported that the riders were operating in a negligent manner, doing “wheelies” and had nearly caused several crashes with other motorists.

Several police officers looked for the group as they made their way up Gifford Street, according to the police report. Police eventually located the group traveling east on Brick Kiln Road and attempted to stop them. The riders refused to stop and turned onto Deepwood Road, according to the report. Police then encountered a disabled ATV from the group. The rider, Andrew J. Legere, 20, of Mashpee, was still with the ATV. He was taken into custody and charged with negligent operation, failing to stop for police, driver’s license not in possession and unregistered motor vehicle. He was released on personal recognizance later in the night.

Shortly after, an officer heard the group approach Thomas B. Landers and Geggatt roads and witnessed multiple riders nearly hitting a vehicle as they turned onto Geggatt Road. One of the ATVs stalled in the road and the rider climbed onto the back of another ATV and fled.

Both ATVs were seized and towed to the police station. The rider of the second impounded ATV has not yet contacted the department.

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