Denver Police Use Public Nuisance Abatement Law to seize & destroy motorcycles

According to a report in the Denver Post, a 2007 Honda CBR seized by police through the civil public nuisance abatement process was destroyed today. On July 24, the rider had participated in a rally on Interstate 25, in which hundreds of motorcyclists “created a serious safety hazard by completely blocking the flow of traffic,” according to a news release from the police.

The rider, who was not identified, “faces charges of speed exhibition and reckless driving, police said. He is awaiting a jury trial.” Police said motorcyclists had performed reckless and unsafe riding actions on the highway and on other roads throughout metropolitan Denver that day. The Honda owner was identified through photo and video evidence.

“The primary goal in destroying this motorcycle is ensuring it cannot be used again to threaten public safety,” Police Chief Robert C. White said. “We also want to send a clear message that dangerous behaviors, such as street racing and exhibitions of speed on our roads and highways, will not be tolerated.”

The Denver Police Department on Thursday destroyed a motorcycle that was declared a public safety hazard.

The motorcycle was part of a huge rally, known as the “Kill da Streetz,” held by bikers in July that shut down Interstate 25. The motorcyclists blocked traffic and performed stunts in the middle of the interstate.

The 2007 Honda motorcycle was deemed a dangerous piece of equipment under Denver’s public nuisance abatement ordinance. Police said that gave them the right to destroy it.

It was one of hundreds of bikes that took part in the rally. Some of the event was captured on cellphone, and that footage was used by police to identify some of the bikers involved.

Out of the hundreds of motorcyclists who took part, only three have been arrested.

The driver of the motorcycle has not been identified. He is facing a pending jury trial on charges of reckless driving and speeding.

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