Dozens of motorcyclists buzzed into Denver on Sunday, rallying around the city as police from multiple agencies mobilized to track them and make arrests.
One of the motorcycles caught fire at a stop along Speer Boulevard near the Elitch Gardens amusement park. Denver police on motorcycles and firefighters raced toward it.
The Denver police and their counterparts in Commerce City, Lakewood, Aurora, Greenwood Village and Arapahoe County arrested five riders, according to a breakdown provided by Denver Police spokesman John White.
Police arrested motorcycle riders for obstructing streets, being parties to a crime, careless driving and reckless driving, White said.
The police also ticketed 10 riders for not having license plates or “obstructed plates.”
Police impounded 11 cars and motorcycles.
The State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation got involved, White said. No estimate for the total number of motorcyclists was provided. Nor could police say whether anybody was hurt after the motorcycle caught fire. The rider leapt off it, and fellow riders and drivers avoided the flames and black smoke.
Denver police said law enforcement officials shot video. Additional violations discovered during a video review will be investigated, police said, and may result in more charges.
Traffic safety enforcers were on alert this weekend anticipating motorcyclists passing through Denver on their way to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, which started Friday, expected to draw 750,000 people.
Denver police said 176 crashes involving motorcycles have been reported in the city this year. Nine proved fatal.
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