After numerous complaints throughout the City, Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat has resorted to offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of riders caught on video within the city recently.
Today HPD announced the arrest of 25 year old Victor Ortega of Hazleton. Ortega is to be cited for several vehicle and moving violations.
According to the release, over the past few days there’s been an increase in Illegal ATV driving on the roadways in Hazleton causing dangerous conditions. Mayor Jeff Cusat met with police personnel expressing his concern.
As a result, on April 07, 2020, at approximately 4:30 pm an undercover narcotics Detective observed an illegal off road dirt bike motorcycle being operated on the roadway in the area of South Church Street. At the time, the release states, a Hazleton Police Detective was able to follow the operator where he stopped to meet others on the Heights Beltway Route 424. Efforts were coordinated as the Detective along with a Detective from the Hazleton Crime Division approached and stopped the operator, Victor Ortega.
Hazleton Police patrol units responded as backup and assisted the Detectives with the stop. It was also discovered ORTEGA was operating with a suspended drivers license. Several citations for moving and vehicle code violations are being filed by the Detectives.
The motorcycle was impounded, towed from the scene and being held due to it not being registered or insured. Chief Speziale on the arrest: “The public is tired of this dangerous condition and the Mayor has requested priority be given to removing these illegal vehicles from our roadways.”
In a social media post Monday, the Mayor wrote:
The Mayor Cusat Hazleton Revitalization Fund has provided The Hazleton Police Department with a donation to fund the cash reward in the amount of $1000.00 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person(s) depicted below.
The individuals are wanted in connection with a multitude of traffic violations and recklessly endangering another person(s); these offenses occurred in and around the City of Hazleton.
Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of these individuals are asked to contact:
Lt. William Gallagher of the Hazleton City Police Department at (570) 710-0024 or WGallagher@HazletonPD.org"
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