The New Castle County Police arrest 19-year-old Simonds Gardens man for ATV violations.
(New Castle, Del.-19720 ) Friday, (March 16), officers from the New Castle County Police, were dispatched to the parkland in the community of Simonds Gardens for a complaint of ATV’s riding in the area. When the officer, a Community Engagement Specialist, arrived at the location he observed a subject riding on an ATV. After the subject saw the marked patrol unit he jumped off and another subject jumped on and fled the area. The first subject, 19-year-old, Sharod Lee was immediately taken into custody. The officer’s investigation revealed the identity of the second subject and the owner of the ATV. The New Castle County Police are still attempting to locate the 17-year-old, second suspect.
Sharod Lee was charged with Illegal Operation of an Off-Highway Vehicle, arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and released on his own recognizance.
The New Castle County Police reminds residents that Delaware law prohibits the operation of OHVs/ATVs on public roadways, sidewalks, private property (without the consent from the property owner) or right-of-way locations within the State of Delaware. The only exception to this law is during special events, which require permits from the governmental body having jurisdiction over the area.
The penalties for riding an OHV/ATV in prohibited areas when stopped by police include a citation, possible towing and storage fees and if convicted a fine of $100 and impoundment for up to 100 days at the expense of the owner.
If there are subsequent offense(s) within 24 months of a prior conviction or of a similar OHV state or local law, statute or ordinance, an operator could face a fine of $400 and impoundment for a mandatory minimum time period of six (6) months, at the expense of the owner.
Please call the New Castle County Police if you observe an OHV/ATV. You are asked to please provide a description of the OHV/ATV, operator and location by calling the non-emergency number at (302) 573-2800.