The Scourge of Dirt Bikers Terrorizing the Streets Across the Country
An Inside Edition investigation has found numerous incidents of bikers driving illegally on urban streets and highways.
Dirt bike and ATV riders are a problem plaguing major cities around the country, sometimes driving illegally on urban streets and highways.
In Baltimore, the problem is so bad that police have organized a dirt bike task force after 24-year-old Allison Blanding was struck and killed three years ago.
Inside Edition spoke to Romel Burton, Blanding's sister, about her sibling's senseless death.
"He was doing wheelies and he came down on my sister as she was walking over to her car," Burton told Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Guerrero, her eyes welling with tears as she visited the place where Blanding was killed. "And when he hit her, he ... left her there to die."
He added: "They just don't care about human life."
Baltimore police never caught the biker who killed Blanding, but they've seized hundreds of dirt bikes over the years as they've cracked down on the plague of riders.
So how do authorities catch them?
Their main weapon is a helicopter equipped with a special camera that police use to patrol the street below.
"We can see them from blocks out," the pilot said. "I mean, literally almost a mile away."
Once the air crew spots the outlaws, they radio it in for Sgt. Chris Warren and his elite team, who chase them down.
“We try to catch them safely,” said Warren.
On the ground, Warren's team waits for a pack of bikers to thin out before zeroing in on a single rider. Guerrero tagged along as they raced after one, chasing the lone biker as he weaves in and out of traffic. Overhead, the helicopter followed, keeping the biker in its sights.
Later that day, the team caught a break as the individual's bike ran out of gas and he stalled. The helicopter ended up hovering above the suspect as he hid under a tree.
"And just like that the task force was able to catch up with him and they caught him," Guerrero said.
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