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April 17, 2016

Three arrested as Philadelphia police seize another 60 dirtbikes and ATVs

Citywide crackdown on illegal vehicles comes in advance of summer months

The Philadelphia Police Department continued its citywide crackdown on ATVs and dirtbikes Sunday afternoon, arresting three people and seizing a total of 60 vehicles.

According to NBC 10, officials made two narcotics-related arrests and a third suspect was taken into custody after fleeing from officers at Tulip and Somorset streets.

In March, police seized 53 ATVs and dirtbikes as part of an ongoing operation that has netted more than 200 motor vehicles since the start of 2016, officials said at a Sunday press conference.

Days after the announcement of the March round-up, police reported that a 22-year-old man was fatally shot by a dirtbike rider outside of a mini-market in Kensington.

The crackdown comes in advance of the summer months when the illegal vehicles are most popular on Philadelphia streets.

Earlier on Sunday, a child and another person were injured after an ATV struck a car at 57th Street and Whitby Avenue. Both victims were hospitalized and their conditions were not immediately available.