Two police officers reportedly encountered a group of nearly 30 dirt bike riders in Providence, Rhode Island, as they were patrolling near Potters Avenue. They followed two reckless dirt bikers to an industrial park where they subsequently became surrounded by similarly irresponsible riders. As the officers were approaching, the dirt bikers dispersed, although one rider, later identified as Alexander Encarnacion, was struggling to start his bike. When he dropped his bike and fled, the officers chased him and wrestled him to the ground. Despite his resistance, police managed to subdue Encarnacion with the help of backup officers. Encarnacion was riding a dirt bike reported stolen from Woonsocket, and he has been charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, obstructing an officer, and resisting arrest. During this time, a moped crash occurred that critically injured a Providence citizen, and the officer who drew his weapon during the altercation with the dirt bikers was also involved. Providence Mayor Brett Smiley has confirmed that the city will be unveiling a new strategy to counter illegal riding, which he believes is hampering neighborhood safety and degrading the quality of life in the city. While he recognizes the appeal of reckless riding on city streets, Smiley emphasizes the need for balancing both neighborhood and rider safety.

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