New Bedford cop struck by dirt bike; 9 arrested

New Bedford police officer run over by dirt bike

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A New Bedford police officer was seriously injured after he was run over by a dirt bike Monday night.

According to police, the dirt bike that struck Sgt. Candido Trinidad was part of a group of off-road vehicles stopped by city officers for “creating a menace throughout the evening.”

Police said nine adults were arrested on Kings Highway for riding the off-road vehicles recklessly through the city, driving on sidewalks and causing a hazard for children out trick-or-treating.

It was during the arrests that one suspect, Carlos Gonzalez, hit the 35-year-old Trinidad with his bike, according to police.

Sgt. Trinidad was transported to Rhode Island Hospital to be treated for serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Gonzalez was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, driving to endanger, refusing to stop for a police officer, unlawful operation of a recreational vehicle on a roadway, operating a motor vehicle with no license, operating a motor vehicle with no helmet, trespassing, disturbing the peace and resisting arrest.

He was treated for minor injuries at St. Luke’s Hospital and released.

Others charged in the incident were:

Melvin Gonzalez, 18, of 329 North Front St., was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Eliezer Rosado, 25, of 60 Salisbury St., was charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

Fabio Correia-Tavares, 27, of 55 County St., was charged with disorderly conduct and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

Jonathan Garcia, 26, of 220 Phillips Ave., was charged with disturbing the peace, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a license that was revoked for being a habitual traffic offender.

Alex Pizzaro, 25, of 20 Holly St., was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating after suspension of license, operating an uninsured vehicle and disorderly conduct.

Joshua Washburn, 22, of 196D Bryant Lane, was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and disorderly conduct.

Wilfredo Colon, 29, of 1078 June St., was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating a recreational vehicle on a public way and operating a recreational vehicle without a helmet.

Elemuel Robles-Maldonado, 32, of 18 Reynolds St., was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating without a license, failure to stop for a police officer, operating with no helmet, trespassing and disturbing the peace.

All nine defendants were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at New Bedford District Court.

Police said they towed five scooters, three dirt bikes, one motorcycle and five ATVs from the scene.