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Motorcyclists Tear Through Western Queens Streets, Get Busted in Long Island City: NYPD

Some of the motorcycles confiscated by police Saturday (Photo: @NYPD108Pct via Twitter)

April 26, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

Two motorcyclists were arrested Saturday night after they were seen by cops tearing through the streets of western Queens.

The pair, who were part of a larger group of bikers in the area, were nabbed by members of the 108th Precinct who also confiscated their motorcycles, police said.

Lina Obregon, 28, and Sebastian Osorio, 22, both from Massachusetts, were spotted blowing red lights while speeding westbound on Queens Boulevard at around 10 p.m. The cops nabbed the pair at 2nd Street and 55th Avenue – near Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City.

The 108th Precinct tweeted images of the seized bikes—along with other bikes cops took from unlawful riders on the Long Island City waterfront. Officers posted photos of confiscated dirt bikes that were used inside Hunters Point South Park.

Obregon was arrested for reckless driving and disobeying a red light while driving her 2009 Yamaha motorcycle, police said.

Osorio, who was riding a 2007 Suzuki, was charged with reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and operating an unregistered vehicle.

He was also charged with obstructing governmental administration after he attempted to leave the scene on his bike when cops pulled him over. He was also hit with three traffic violations for going through red lights, police said.

The cops from the 108 Precinct busted another motorcyclist earlier in the day.

Motorcyclist Richard Taveras was arrested for blowing steady red lights and driving against traffic in Maspeth. Cops arrested him at the intersection of Maurice Avenue and Borden Avenue.

Taveras, from Le Frak City in Corona, was slapped with a number of charges including reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate. He was also charged with operating an unregistered motorcycle, driving a vehicle without plates and two counts of disobeying red lights.

Cops said all three suspects were part of a large group that was riding throughout western Queens on Saturday. The 108th Precinct posted images of five motorcycles it confiscated Saturday linked to the wayward group.

The issue of bikers driving dangerously in groups has been a persistent problem for residents in western Queens, according to Rob Basch, president of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy.

Basch said that the bikers often race dangerously along the Long Island City waterfront and inside the parks.

“I witnessed some of the illegal activity Saturday night and greatly appreciated the quick response by the police,” Basch said. “It was encouraging to see the police make a statement that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.”

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Woodside Deserves Better

Where is the 114 in this news? Undeserving the community one hour at a time. Only overtime gets the 114 off of Candy Crush. Double time, you might get an SUV to drive over, but no reports will be filed or created until they have hit 40 hours of their tour. We pay far too much for far too little from the 114

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X

NYPD needs to issue more tickets to motorbikers who break the traffic laws of NYC. More enforcement is need by NYPD officers.

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BennyO

And what about all the motorbikes which have no license plates and drive around with immunity?

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JaimeB

Massachusetts? Corona? And they come to LIC terrorize the residents there? Nice job by the police to confiscate their wheels.

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Sara Ross

I’m in Forest Hills and as Critic Al called them (great description by the way), fart cars speed on main and side streets at all hours of the day and night! Not to mention the ones who blast what they call music from their cars all hours of the day and night. I’ve seen too many times cars are driving with the light and the 2nd or 3rd car behind the 1st one can’t wait and speeds around the other cars – on a 2 way street!! Where is the 112th doing anything about this?

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Critic Al

It’s about time. The uptick in fart cars and motorcycles speeding through our neighborhoods has to end. The police are here to enforce the law. Go ahead and enforce!

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Ls

Great news
I live near the Astoria park area Near 20 ave These guys have no respect Walking my dog They almost hit us twice Riding threw park I witnessed a box truck Pull up and park on 20 ave and 21 street A whole bunch of bike coming out the back

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David Palmer

While they’re at it, can they crack down on the street racing that continues to be a problem in Sunnyside? It’s ridiculous.

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Greg

I’m wondering why they are noticing now. This goes on hundreds of times throughout the city a day for the past year. I’d say 75% of bicyclist’s, e-bikes and motorcyclists blow through lights. Please ask your councilmen to finally take notice.

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Frances Michaels

These bikers originate from the projects !! They get together in groups and enter neighborhoods creating HAVOC in streets. Speeding /going thru red lights /popping wheelies /zig-zagging in between cars, just chaos in the streets !!! People have gotten killed. They need to be abolished !!

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