DENVER (CBS4) – Police in Denver are in the process of extraditing three men back to Denver for their alleged roles in an incident called Kill the Streets that blocked traffic on Interstate 25 and other roads in July.
According to police, Richard Patton, 29, of Colorado Springs; Clinton Hawkins, 27 also of Colorado Springs; and Ryan Easton, 29, of Pueblo; are currently being held for investigation of exhibition of speed and reckless driving.
The motorcycles belonging to Patton and Hawkins have been impounded.
Hundreds of motorcyclists stopped traffic along Interstate 25 and other roads during the incident in late July. It’s known as Kill the Streets where riders gather to show support for fellow motorcyclists who have been killed.
Despite the cause, hundreds of riders blocked traffic along the I-25 near University Boulevard.
Police held a news conference about the arrests on Tuesday.
“It was definitely frustrating and it’s a scary thought to think that people can be out on that roadway and obviously be injured and we would have to go there on something a lot more severe than people making stunts,” Detective Stephanie Linkus with Denver Police said.
Denver police spokesperson Doug Schepman says those involved seemed to forget their message about safety.
“This wasn’t about safety for some of the riders involved,” Schepman said. “They were riding very unsafely, and it’s not going to be tolerated.”
Schepman says their dispatch center immediately started taking calls from drivers who were stuck behind the riders during the stunt. By the time officers could respond the mob of motorcycles had moved on.
Investigators are now using the city’s nuisance law to try and take action. They have been reviewing publicly-shared photos and video trying to identify those who were involved.
Additional Information From The Denver Police Department
Those with photographs, video or witnessed the motorcyclists riding in a reckless manner are asked to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP, or send video to firstname.lastname@example.org.