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The traffic initiative Operation 'Wheels Down' Cleveland yields immediate results in first day

The traffic initiative was conducted by the Cleveland Division of Police, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Credit: Waterbury Police Department
ATV taken into possession by Waterbury police for illegal use in the city.

CLEVELAND — The City of Cleveland is partnering up with other local and state officials to crack down on the increase in illegal off-road vehicles throughout the city.

Operation "Wheels Down" Cleveland is the official traffic initiative set in motion by the Cleveland Division of Police, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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The goal of the initiative is to stop, cite and arrest illegal riders and seize non-street legal vehicles associated with the traffic stops.

Yesterday was the first day of the initiative and it yielded big results. Saturday's activities led to 15 felony arrests, 30 citations and 15 confiscated vehicles. Two of the vehicles were recovered stolen ATVs. 

Citizens are encouraged by law enforcement to report any illegal or suspicious activity.

In the event of an emergency dial 9-1-1. If you have information that could help law enforcement in stopping illegal operation of off-road activities, dial (216) 621-1234.

Anonymous information can be provided by calling Crimestoppers at (216) 25-CRIME. Cash rewards may be available.

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Editor's Note: The video above is from an unrelated story posted on May 22, 2022.



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