(CMR) The RCIPS is responding with force to the 200 bikers that were causing havoc on Cayman roads yesterday during what some called an annual Ride Out Cayman (ROC) event.
The police arrested one man from West Bay and apparently seized ten illegal dirt bikes. The police said the riding event was unsanctioned and caused a real disturbance on the roads. Now, Police Commissioner (CoP) Derek Byrne has announced the creation of a special task headed by Deputy Commissioner Kurt Walton to deal with the problem. CoP Bryne said that numerous offenses were committed by the riders including dangerous driving, affray, unlawful assembly and dangerous acts among other others.
Deputy Police Commissioner, Kurt Walton said, “There is no excuse for the criminally dangerous behavior we saw yesterday and the utter disrespect shown for both the police and other road users. It is pure luck that someone was not killed or seriously injured.”
CMR reported that there were numerous complaints yesterday around the island from people who found the bike riders to be dangerous and a “real nuisance”. The police have confirmed that they numerous complaints after the group started their journey from West Bay to East End yesterday morning.
Police say around 3.30 p.m. traffic management unit deployed a roadblock on Shamrock Road in Bodden Town to prevent riders from returning to George Town.
Police deployed the helicopter to track the riders stopping at various intervals to assist in capturing bikers, some of whom cut through the residential neighborhood of Midland Acres, while an estimated 75-100 of the bikers charged the roadblock. Bikers reportedly charged the officers personally, threw bottles at officers and engaged in other reckless and dangerous acts in the process.
Police say crowds of motorbikers also blocked an ambulance’s path on Queens Highway, that ambulance was heading towards East End for an emergency medical call on Gumby Dr.
The arrested man of West Bay is now on police bail, he is facing dangerous driving charges among others, and his ATV has also been seized.
Police say are asking for any footage or photos that could help in the investigation. Please contact PC Jodi-Ann Powery at [email protected] or 916-3277 if you have information that can assist.