On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, members of the BPD Auto Theft Unit along with members of the Massachusetts Environmental Police were on patrol in District B-3 (Mattapan) area in response to numerous community complaints about off road vehicles operating dangerously throughout this section of the city.
As officers patrolled, they observed a male operating a red and white dirt bike on Blue Hill Avenue. Over the course of several blocks, officers observed the operator run multiple red traffic signals, “pop wheelies” and stand on the seat of the bike, ride off road through a park crowded with children, weave between vehicles, and cause operators of other vehicles to slow or stop in traffic to avoid hitting or causing injury to the bike operator.
Officers finally found an opportunity to safely stop the dirt bike motorist. As the officers approached, the operator revved the bike’s engine as if attempting to flee or run the officers over. For their safety, the officers grabbed the brake handle of the bike and the vehicle stalled. The operator could not produce a valid license to ride a motorcycle at that time.
Officers arrested the operator, 27-year-old Eric D. Lott of Dorchester, and charged him with Unlicensed Operation of a Motorcycle, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle/Driving to Endanger, and Disorderly Conduct. He was also cited for Operation of an Unregistered Motorcycle on a Public Way, Operation of an Uninsured Motorcycle on a Public Way, Operation of a Motorcycle without a Helmet, Red Light Violations, and Operation of a Recreational Vehicle on a Public Way.