Bristol teens cited for driving ATVs illegally
BRISTOL — Bristol police alleged that a 13-year-old and two 16-year-olds were illegally operating all terrain vehicles and a dirt bike on the roadway and eluding law enforcement on Oct. 18.
A Bristol officer responded to Lower Meadow Lane last Tuesday after a resident called to complain about ATVs operating along Mountain Street through Meadow Lane.
While checking the area, the officer observed two teens driving ATVs and one driving a dirt bike traveling from Lower Meadow Lane onto Meadow Lane. When the officer tried to stop the teens and activated emergency lights and siren, the teens sped up and traveled south on Meadow Lane, according to a press release from Chief Kevin Gibbs.
The teens allegedly ran a stop sign and continued east onto Mountain Street, where they pulled into a residence and were then taken into custody without further incident.
Bristol police seized the vehicles and towed them from the scene.
The teens’ failure to stop at the stop sign and the manner of their travel on the roadway enhances the crime of eluding law enforcement to a felony, according to Gibbs.
Bristol police had received numerous complaints prior to the teens’ arrest. Gibbs said that on Oct. 16, police investigated a complaint and contacted the parent and at least one of the juveniles to warn them that it was illegal to operate the vehicles on the roadway and that complaints had been received.
After the incident on the 18th, the juveniles were released to their parents pending court appearance decisions by the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
In a separate incident, Bristol police arrested Charles Correll, 59, of Bristol for driving while intoxicated on Oct. 13 at 10:26 a.m.
Correll had been seen drinking from a liquor bottle while leaving a Bristol business. Police took Correll to the Bristol police station, tested his blood alcohol content (BAC) and then released him to a friend. Police reported that Correll’s BAC was 0.266 percent; the legal limit is 0.08 percent.
Correll is scheduled to answer the charge of driving under the influence, second offense, in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, on Oct. 31.