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Traffic Stop Leads Police to Arrest Bethel Man for Dirt Bike Theft

By: Trooper Kelly Grant


On April 15, 2017 at approximately 3:00 p.m. troopers from Troop A - Southbury were parked I-84 westbound near exit 4, in the right shoulder, assisting with a disabled motor vehicle.

As the troopers were assisting the disabled vehicle, they observed two dirt bikes traveling in the right lane at a slow speed doing "wheelies" as they passed the stopped troopers.

A trooper pulled out behind the dirt bikes with emergency lights and siren activated in an attempt to stop the dirt bikes. The dirt bike operators failed to stop and exited the highway at exit 4.

Once exiting the highway the dirt bikes continued on Mill Plain Rd. in Danbury traveling with traffic. The trooper shut off the cruiser's emergency lights and siren and continued traveling on Mill Plain Road.

One of the dirt bike operators turned onto a dead end road boxing himself in allowing the trooper to conduct a motor vehicle stop.

Through the course of the motor vehicle stop troopers learned that the dirt bike was reported stolen out of New Milford in 2016.

The operator, Jose Javier Garcia-Polanco (dob 4/4/97) of Bethel was taken into custody and transported to Troop A where he was charged with Larceny 3rd: Motor Vehicle Theft and several motor vehicle charges. Garcia-Polanco was released after posting $1,000.00 bond and was scheduled to appear at Danbury Superior Court on May 5, 2017.

The operator of the second dirt bike was located and issued an infraction for several motor vehicle violations.

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