Off-Highway Vehicles nabbed on private property - Town of Middletown, Delaware

Off-Highway Vehicles nabbed on private property

Date: March 12, 2012

   On Sunday, Feb. 26, Officers from the Middletown Police Department responded to the St. Anne’s Church property for a trespassing complaint. The reporting person stated that numerous subjects were illegally riding dirt bikes on the church property.

   Upon arrival, OFC Lambert was able to make contact with both defendants identified as Nicholas O’Connor, 20, of Townsend, and Anthony Ricchiuti, 20, of New Castle, who were both riding dirt bikes. The subjects claimed that they were unaware of the prohibition from riding upon private property, despite numerous “No Trespassing” signs that were clearly posted upon the property.

   Both defendants were charged with operating on Off-Highway vehicle on private property.  They were each issued a $100 unsecured bond, and were released.

   Residents of Middletown are reminded that Off-Highway Vehicles MAY be subject to the same registration requirements as other vehicles.

   Additionally, the operation of an Off-Highway Vehicle upon private property, without the express permission of the person in control of the property, will result in arrest, fine of $100 and impoundment of the vehicle for up to 30 days. 

   Subsequent violations will result in a fine of $1,000, and impoundment for a minimum of 60 days.

   Additional information regarding the registration requirements and rules governing the operation of Off-Highway Vehicles can be found in the Delaware Code Title 21 Section 68 (http://delcode.delaware.gov/title21) or through the Division of Motor Vehicle webpage.