Published September 13. 2013 11:00AM Updated September 13. 2013 11:47PM
New London — Police arrested two New London men Thursday who they say were riding dirt bikes in a reckless manner throughout the city.
Police said they have been "plagued" by calls pertaining to stolen motorcycles and about the drivers who are often unlicensed and uninsured.
Police said Thursday afternoon they observed two men riding motorcycle dirt bikes in an illegal manner.
One man, Juan Morales, 25, of 44 Center St., was found hiding in the Bates Wood park complex after he was seen entering the park on a motorcycle.
Morales was charged with reckless driving, driving a motorcycle without a motorcycle license endorsement, driving an unregistered motorcycle and driving without insurance.
He was being held on a $1,000 bond, pending his arraignment in New London Superior Court. His motorcycle was towed from the scene and impounded.
Police also arrested Michael Escobales, 18, of 7 Michael Road, Apt. B, after a brief foot chase into a wooded area of the former Edgerton School complex on Cedar Grove Avenue.
He was charged with four counts of reckless driving, driving a motorcycle without a motorcycle license endorsement, interfering with police and third-degree trespass.
He is being held on a $1,000, pending his arraignment in New London Superior Court.