North West Metro Region officers have charged two men this week following dangerous dirt bike riding in the north-western and western suburbs as part of Operation Achilles.
Three search warrants were executed on Monday morning in Melton, Darley and Maddingley. Police seized a dirt bike, multiple mobile and electronic devices as well as motorcycle clothing and helmets.
The warrants relate to reports of large groups of dirt bike riders allegedly riding in an extremely dangerous manner over the last few months.
Example include allegedly riding on footpaths at speed and forcing pedestrians out of the way, riding on freeways and deliberately blocking traffic, and blocking traffic at intersections while performing dangerous stunts.
Two males, a 21-year-old from Maddingley and an 18-year-old from Melton South were both charged with several offences, including conduct endangering persons, driving without a licence, use unregistered motor vehicle and drive in a dangerous manner.
Both males were bailed to appear at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court on 1 April 2022.
Anyone with information about illegal hoon activity is asked to come forward and report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
Quotes attributable to Acting Senior Sergeant Dean Pickering
“This behaviour is not just a bit of fun – this is serious criminal offending and the chances of serious injury to the general public and the riders themselves is very high.”
“There is a significant volume of evidence that we are constantly working through and can guarantee that it is only a matter of time before we make more arrests.”
“Parents who are buying these bikes for their kids need to know full well the dangerous way they are being ridden, and that it could lead to devastating consequences.”