Police arrest 20 after ATV, dirt bike riders swarm Philly

Cops say they blocked traffic from West Philly to Torresdale.

Shara Dae Howard
October 14, 2018 - 9:29 pm

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UPDATED: 6:39 a.m., Oct. 15

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Police arrested 20 people after hundreds of ATV and dirt bike riders swarmed the streets of Philadelphia Sunday afternoon. 

Officials say this massive group of hundreds of riders took over, popping wheelies, zipping by cars in traffic, and even at times blocking intersections In West Philly, Strawberry Mansion, and Torresdale in the Northeast. 

Police say they spotted the riders around 3 p.m., near 34th and Girard Avenue.

Authorities say this incident was a way to remember fellow biker Kyrel Tyler "Dirt Bike Rell," who became popular on social media for videos of stunts on his bike. He was shot and killed four years ago Sunday in Southwest Philadelphia at the age of 23.

Police tried to keep up with the dirt bikes and ATVs, which are illegal on city streets. Some of the riders fell. CBS 3's chopper captured one of the riders going through a cemetery. Police say that person was one of arrests.

Authorities say they seized 30 dirt bikes and recovered two guns. And no one was reported to be seriously hurt.

KYW Newsradio's Tim Jimenez contributed to this report.