SOLON -- When police stopped an SUV pulling a landscape trailer overloaded with dirt bikes just before 5 a.m. today, they were surprised to see the driver and passenger jump from the vehicle and run off into the woods.
Police say a driver called police about a vehicle traveling westbound on U.S. 422 trailering ATVs and dirt bikes, with a dirt bike hanging off of the back of the trailer as if it was going to fall off.
Police found the vehicle, an SUV pulling a landscape trailer with the ATVs and dirt bikes and stopped it near Harper Road.
Immediately upon stopping, a passenger and the driver of the SUV jumped out of the SUV and ran off into the wooded area adjacent to the freeway.
Police then discovered the trailer and all of the vehicles on it were stolen out of Geauga County a few hours earlier.
The owner of the SUV, a Shaker Heights resident, was contacted and he said his son, 18, was driving the SUV.
The detective bureau will be following up on the crime in conjunction with the Geauga County Sheriff's Office for charges.