Two arrested after dirt bike pursuit through Providence, Cranston

"This incident illustrates that some individuals still haven't received the message that if you come into Cranston and operate an unregistered vehicle with complete disregard for public safety, we will arrest you and confiscate your machine."

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE)- Two people were arrested on Tuesday after a chase between police and several dirt bikes.

On Wednesday, Cranston Police identified the suspects and provided additional information into the incident.

The incident began around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, when a citizen reported nearly 60 ATV’s heading south on Narragansett Boulevard in Providence towards Cranston.

The caller told police that the group was driving recklessly. When Cranston officers arrived on scene, they witnessed the group of riders at the Shell Gas Station fueling up their bikes.

Cranston police said it was at this time, when riders began to circle the police cruiser, before heading west on Montgomery Avenue towards Broad Street.

A second Cranston officer arrived to assist, and was stopped by riders in the roadway who began driving towards his cruiser head-on. Cranston police said the ATV’s and dirt bikes were riding “wheelies” and drove up onto the sidewalks.

Colonel Michael Winquist said the officer noticed two of the bikes were unregistered and not street-legal. The officer got out of his cruiser, and a rider on a white Yamaha skidded on the sand, lost control, of the bike, and ended up on the ground.

The Cranston officer attempted to take the man into custody, but was pushed by the suspect who then fled. The suspect was later identified as Chevin Gobern.

As the officer ran towards Gobern, a second rider on a black ATV drove alongside of the officer and pushed him. Gobern then jumped onto the back of the second ATV and fled the area.

The rider of the black ATV was later identified as Isiah Allen.

“The officer returned to retrieve the dirt bike on the ground, at which time he was surrounded by riders who were circling him and driving in his direction, nearly striking him,” Winquist said in a release.

“The riders lined their vehicles along Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue to contain the officer and began revving their engines in a coordinated effort. A subject operating a blue dirt bike, wearing a chrome helmet, dark clothing, and a facemask, then raised his shirt displaying the butt of a black handgun tucked in his waistband,” Winquist said.

Winquist said shortly after, the two suspects, Gobern and Allen, were seen on Elmwood Avenue turning onto the Route 10 ramp.

An officer pulled in front of the ATV, forcing it to come to a stop. Gobern and Allen fled the scene before being stopped by police.

Both bikes were towed to the Cranston Police Department.

Isiah Allen, 23, of Providence was charged with the following:

  • Reckless driving/drag racing/eluding a police officer
  • Obstructing an officer in the execution of duty
  • Disorderly conduct

Chevin Gobern, 28, of Providence was charged with the following:

  • Reckless driving/drag racing/eluding a police officer
  • Obstructing an officer in the execution of duty
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Resisting arrest

Both suspects were also cited for several motor vehicle violations. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, both Allen and Gobern had not posted bail.

Police said Allen’s bail was set at $1,000. He has a suspended drivers license and was on bail for a pervious misdemeanor charge.

Gobern’s bail was set at $5,000 due to violation of terms of a previous Superior Court case.

Winquist said on Wednesday, “This incident illustrates that some individuals still haven’t received the message that if you come into Cranston and operate an unregistered vehicle with complete disregard for public safety, we will arrest you and confiscate your machine. It is clear from previous incidents that many of these individuals have no issue attempting to intimidate and assault law enforcement members, and some riders are not shy to show they are armed.”

“Our roadways will not be held hostage by individuals who choose to break the law and jeopardize the safety of law-abiding citizens. We will dedicate whatever resources necessary to address this issue as the weather becomes warmer and there is an increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic,” Winquist concluded.

Cranston City Council says they are preparing another ordinance against ATV/ dirt bike use to present at city council next month. At this point it is not clear when that will be brought forward or what that ordinance will specifically say.

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