Police Trying to Put the Brakes on ‘Trick Riders’

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CLEVELAND – Police around Northeast Ohio are cracking down on packs of motorcycle riders who take to the highways and perform stunts on their bikes at high speeds in traffic.

"The pack kind of slows down traffic behind them, and then have people that actually ride out front and do tricks," Cleveland Police Det. Jennifer Ciaccia said.

Some riders wear a helmet camera to record their tricks and post the video online.

Video, given to FOX 8 News by the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center, shows police trying to pull over a group of trick riders on the highway. The officer pulls in front of them and tries to slow them down, but the riders make a run for it.

Police said they were finally able to catch up with some of the bikers and issue them citations in August, thanks to anonymous tips through the iWatch app, and advance planning.

"In a coordinated effort between Valley View Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Cleveland Police, they were going to know where the locations of these stunt riders were going to be," Bill Schenkelberg, director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center, said.

Police said they will continue to crack down on the riders.

They encourage people to report crimes anonymously with the iWatch app.

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