Nashville menaced by group of off-road vehicles

Tennessee
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Hundreds of ATV and dirt bike riders were seen driving the streets of Nashville last weekend.  

The riders weaved between lanes, cutting vehicles off and even rode around Metro police officers trying to stop them.  

On Saturday, Sgt. John Bourque, a 22-year veteran, was dragged by a four-wheeler along Broadway. He was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for minor injuries after he was thrown into a metal barricade.  

Another officer received minor injuries but did not require medical attention.

Metro police estimated over 100 people riding dirt bikes, motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs participated in the illegal ride. 

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department) 

During an online video stream of the event, one rider was heard saying they are giving back to the community, though he did not explain how.  

Police are asking for help identifying the rider who dragged the officer. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.  

Mayor Briley spoke with Officer Bourque after the incident. His spokesperson told News 2 “the safety of our police is a top concern for the Mayor and he is monitoring the situation closely.”

The Fraternal Order of Police released a statement following the incident, which reads:

Our officers remain committed to their mission to promote a safe and peaceful environment in Nashville. This is another example of the many risks and sacrifices associated with accomplishing that mission. This blatant disregard for the safety of our community and those who serve it cannot be tolerated. We are confident that the MNPD will endeavor to identify and charge all who were involved in this reckless and willful act of endangerment. Furthermore, it is imperative for Nashville’s leadership to send a clear message to this community that the safety of Nashvillians and its public servants must be a priority well above the lawlessness that caused several injuries to our officers and cost Nashville taxpayers thousands of unnecessary dollars.

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