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Police Sergeant Ran Over by Dirt Bike Released From Hospital

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    Elysia Rodriguez reports on New Bedford dirt bike riders that caused havoc during Halloween, including injuring a police sergeant. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016)

    A Massachusetts police sergeant run over by a dirt bike while trying to arrest nine riders has been released from the hospital.

    New Bedford police say Sgt. Candido Trinidad was released late Monday night from Rhode Island Hospital and is at home recovering.

    Meanwhile, two more men have been charged in connection with the incident.

    Twenty-eight-year-old Franco Santos of New Bedford and 26-year-old Nicholas Santiago of Fall River will be summonsed on several charges, including reckless driving of a recreational vehicle.

    The driver accused of striking Sgt. Trinidad was identified on Monday as Carlos Gonzalez, 24. He's facing multiple charges in his Tuesday arraignment, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, driving to endanger and resisting arrest.

    "There was a pack of them, and I use that word deliberately, and they appeared to be waiting and they are just revving their engines or racing on the avenue," Barbara Jacobs Kinder, of New Bedford recalled.

    Other area residents say the group of riders have been seen causing havoc before.

    "They go up and down all the time and no one stops them — up and down our road constantly, dirt bikes four wheelers everything," said Paul Trost of Freetown.

    Also arrested Monday: Melvin Gonzalez, 18; Eliezer Rosado, 25; Fabio Correia-Tavares, 27; Jonathan Garcia, 26; Alex Pizzaro, 25; Joshua Washburn, 22; Wilfredo Colon, 29; and Elemuel Robles-Maldonado, 32. All of them are New Bedford residents.

    It's unclear if any of the accused have an attorney.

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