FAIRFIELD, NJ - Three Fairfield juveniles, two of which were 12-years old and one who was 14-years old and whose identities are being withheld due to their ages, were taken into custody by the Fairfield Police Department on Sunday after they allegedly were observed by police that day operating all terrain vehicles (ATV) on the roadway. 


Credit: Stefan Krause  

At approximately 8:15 p.m., Sergeant Christopher Oswald was on patrol on Hollywood Avenue, near Long Acres Road, when he allegedly observed two ATVs being operated on the roadway. It is alleged that the juveniles became aware of the officer’s presence and began to flee from the officer. They allegedly turned from Long Acres Road onto Farmstead Lane.


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The ATVs then left the roadway and pulled into the driveway of a Farmstead Lane residence. One of the ATVs then struck a 1975 BMW that was parked in the driveway. It is then alleged that all of the occupants of the ATVs fled on foot. Two of the juveniles were found hiding in the area. The third later turned themselves in to the police, accompanied by a parent. The ATVs were impounded. 

Charges
The operators of both ATVs were both found to be 12 years of age and were charged with:  
  • Careless driving
     
  • Not having the required registration
     
     
  • Improper display of registration
     
  • Being under the minimum operation age of 14
     
  • Operating an ATV on public street
     
  • Not wearing a helmet
     

  • Not having liability insurance
     
  • Not being an licensed operator
In addition, one of the operators was charged with:
 
  • Failing to report an accident
     
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
The 14 year old was charged with failing to wear a helmet.
 
All three juveniles were released to the custody of a parent pending an appearance in the Fairfield Municipal Court.

Over the last few months, the Fairfield Police Department has received an increased number of complaints of ATVs being operated on roadways and on other parcels of property where such operation is prohibited. Due to the inherent dangers posed by the improper or illegal operation of these vehicles, such as what is alleged to have occurred in this case, the officers will take strict enforcement actions against anyone apprehended for illegal operation of these vehicles.