Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Sergeant Stops Reckless, Helmetless Scooter Driver with a Toddler on his Lap


At about 10:05 AM on Thursday, September 10, 2015, a supervisor from District C-11 (Dorchester) conducted a traffic stop in the area of 239 Centre Street.

While on patrol near Bourneside Street, the sergeant observed a scooter traveling the wrong way on a one way street at a high rate of speed. The sergeant observed a male operator with a small child sitting on the front of the scooter; neither occupant was wearing a helmet. The sergeant followed the scooter for a short distance and attempted to conduct a stop of the vehicle using the cruiser’s emergency equipment (blue lights and sirens). Although the operator of the scooter looked back at the cruiser, the male continued driving, taking a right onto Centre Street from Dorchester Avenue before finally stopping in front of 239 Centre Street.

As the sergeant and other assisting officers approached the operator and the child, they observed wires hanging from scooter, a shirt covering a large hole in the front of the vehicle, and damage to the ignition. Since the operator could not provide any proof of ownership for the vehicle, the scooter was towed. The operator identified the child as his 4-year-old nephew, who had been entrusted in his care for the day by the child’s mother. In addition to citing the operator for the traffic violations, officers summoned him to Dorchester District Court for Receiving Stolen Property, Reckless/Negligent Operation, and Refusal to Submit to a Police Officer. Officers also notified the Department of Children and Families of the incident.