Three people have been arrested after an incident police said involved an officer being pushed, surrounded, and run over while responding to dozens of recklessly driven motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.
About 30 motorcycles and ATVs were speeding and weaving in and out of traffic Friday afternoon before one of the drivers dropped her motorcycle in the middle of the road to block traffic, police said. Shyanne Boisvert, 23, of North Providence is accused of pushing the officer who approached her on foot, and as he handcuffed her, several others circled him in a threatening manner, police said.
Eduardo Rivera, 33, of Warwick, is accused of running over the officer's legs with his ATV before fleeing and later crashing into a cruiser. Kemoni Mitchell, 22, of Providence, is accused of leading police on a chase and striking a passing car.
The officer was being treated for his injuries. It was unclear Saturday whether the three suspects were represented by attorneys.
Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist said cities across the country have been dealing with the dangers of reckless and illegal operation of all-terrain vehicles on public roadways.
"Law enforcement cannot turn a blind eye and allow these operators to take over our city and town streets through intimidation and assaultive behavior," he said in a statement.