Md. State Police investigating speeding ATV and dirt bike riders

WASHINGTON — Maryland State Police say they’ve gotten a lot of calls complaining about the speeding dirt bike and ATV riders that swarmed the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway, U.S. 50 and Interstate 295 in Maryland on Sunday afternoon.

And Elena Russo, spokeswoman for the Maryland State Police, said just because you didn’t see police giving chase doesn’t mean they aren’t pursuing those involved.

Police are sifting through the dozens of videos posted on social media and some information phoned in by tipsters.

And they’re involved in a long term solution as well.

“Using aviation, using covert operations, and really engaging all of those other resources that could help curb this behavior,” Russo said.

Some riders in Sunday’s incident posted messages indicating they were just having fun.

Police — and many startled drivers — see it differently.

“Obviously these people aren’t taking into consideration the dangers associated with what they’re doing which you have already seen on those videos,” Russo said.

If you have information, contact the Maryland State Police barracks in College Park and Forestville.

Kate Ryan

As a member of the award-winning WTOP News, Kate is focused on state and local government. Her focus has always been on how decisions made in a council chamber or state house affect your house. She's also covered breaking news, education and more.

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