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.
While on routine Patrol of the @LICWaterfront Park, steady Sector A, NCO A & the Safety Team encountered Dirt Bikers riding recklessly inside the Park. They were able to stop them and arrest two individuals for the crime safely.
Four Bikes we’re Confiscated in regards. pic.twitter.com/02H9XOntqR
— NYPD 108th Precinct (@NYPD108Pct) April 25, 2021
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.
🚨Great job! by our safety team on their arrest and seizure of this motorcycle for reckless driving on Maurice Ave and 55 Road pic.twitter.com/5K6oWoRKm4
— NYPD 108th Precinct (@NYPD108Pct) April 24, 2021
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.”