SCHENECTADY – A Schenectady man has been arrested and a dirt bike and two ATVs seized after an investigation into two incidents in the city in June, along with incidents in Colonie, police in both jurisdictions said Thursday.
Traitin T. Knight, 26, of Schenectady, turned himself in to police Thursday on one count of unlawful fleeing of a police officer and two counts of reckless driving, misdemeanors.
He also faces two city ordinance violations and 48 total vehicle and traffic law violations, police said.
Both incidents allegedly happened in June in Schenectady: June 5 at various locations in the city and then on June 13.
In the second incident, a police officer attempted to stop him and he fled the scene, police said.
After the June incidents, police obtained a search warrant for a storage unit where they seized a dirt bike that police said Knight was observed driving recklessly. They also seized two unregistered ATVs.
City police processed Knight then turned him over to Colonie police for warrants there.
Knight was wanted in Colonie on one count of second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, and 13 traffic violations, police there said.
Knight is accused of being a part of a large group of motorcycle and ATV riders there that rode through town June 22.
“Knight has organized ‘mayhem rides’ where typically a dozen or more riders stay together as a group, ride recklessly, do stunts, disobey traffic laws, endanger other motorists and refuse to stop for police,” Colonie police said in a news release. “Colonie police worked with Schenectady police to identify Knight from video of the ride and social media.”
Knight’s arrest is the fourth in Colonie for similar behavior since April, police said.
“The Traffic Division continues to identify riders in the ongoing investigation in their efforts to bring this dangerous behavior to an end,” Colonie police said.
In Schenectady, officials have focused on nuisance off-road vehicles in recent months. The City Council in May increased the redemption fee for vehicles seized by police for violations.
Under the May legislation, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, dirt bikes, dune buggies, go-carts and all other motorized trail bikes are prohibited from city streets, highways, parks and trails. Any person found guilty of operating an off-road vehicle is subject to a fine of up to $500, or imprisonment of up to 15 days, or both.
Under the new legislation, a police officer may impound the off-road vehicle, with the owner subject to a $2,350 redemption fee.
If the off-road vehicle goes unclaimed after 60 days, it can be sold at a public auction to the highest bidder, sold for scrap, or destroyed.