Pair charged after fleeing officers on dirt bike, ATV, police say

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Two Utica men are in custody after law enforcers said they fled from police on a dirt bike and a four-wheeler through city streets Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Brandon Silvagnoli, 26, was on the dirt bike and Joel Mateo, 34, was on the ATV, and the two men were spotted driving erratically and ignoring traffic control devices on city streets at about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. Police said they pursued the two vehicles and the operators refused to pull over, leading officers on a chase through several intersections.

Police said they eventually called off the pursuit for public safety.

The two men were found again a short time later, and again they fled, police stated. During the second chase, authorities said Silvagnoli ran a red light at the intersection with Broad Street and Route 5S, and his dirt bike crashed into a motor vehicle.

Police said Silvagnoli was thrown off his bike and he landed in a nearby construction area. Silvagnoli suffered a broken ankle and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police said he was issued 14 traffic tickets, including a charge of third-degree fleeing an officer.

Police said Mateo eventually returned to the scene of the crash as a passenger in a separate vehicle. Police said he was taken into custody on 26 traffic tickets, including fleeing an officer.

Both men are scheduled to appear in court.

Police said it is illegal to ride all-terrain vehicles on city streets.

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