BREAKING: New Bedford officer released after being run over by dirt bike, 2 more charged

By: News Staff

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UPDATE: New Bedford Police Sgt. Candido Trinidad was released from Rhode Island Hospital and is now recovering at home.

He was hospitalized Monday night with serious, but not life-threatening injuries after being run over by a dirt bike Monday evening.

According to police, 35-year-old Sgt. Candido Trinidad arrested nine adults after they had been recklessly riding their off-road vehicles through New Bedford, causing a hazard for children out trick or treating.

During the arrest outside the former Flagship Cinema, at 500 Kings Highway, one of the drivers ran over Sgt. Trinidad with his dirt bike.

Sgt. Trinidad was being treated at Rhode Island Hospital.

The driver of the dirt bike that injured Sgt. Trinidad, was identified as Carlos Gonzalez, 24, of 177 Ashley Blvd., and was charged with: assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, driving to endanger, refusing to stop for a police officer, unlawful operation of a recreational vehicle on a roadway, operating a motor vehicle with no license, operating a motor vehicle with no helmet, trespassing, disturbing the peace,  and resisting arrest.

Gonzalez  was treated and released from St. Luke’s Hospital for minor injuries.

8 more charged in the incident were:                                

Melvin Gonzalez, 18, of 329 North Front St., Apt. 1, was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Eliezer Rosado, 25, of 60 Salisbury St. Apt. 1, was charged with disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

Fabio Correia-Tavares, 27, of 55 County St. Apt. 3, was charged with disorderly conduct and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

Jonathan Garcia, 26, of 220 Phillips Ave., was charged with disturbing the peace, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle with a license that was revoked for being a habitual traffic offender.

Alex Pizzaro, 25, of 20 Holly St., was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating after suspension of license, operating an uninsured vehicle and disorderly conduct.

Joshua Washburn, 22, of 196D Bryant Lane, was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and disorderly conduct.

Wilfredo Colon, 29, of 1078 June St., was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating a recreational vehicle on a public way and operating a recreational vehicle without a helmet.

Elemuel Robles-Maldonado, 32, of 18 Reynolds St., was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, operating without a license, failure to stop for a police officer, operating with no helmet, trespassing and disturbing the peace.

Two more men, Franco Santos of New Bedford and Nicholas Santiago of Fall River, were also charged with reckless operation of a recreational vehicle, unlawful operation on a public way, and disturbing the peace.

Police were able to tow five scooters, three dirt bikes, one motorcycle, and five ATVs.

All nine are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at New Bedford District Court.

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