Fifteen arrested following year-long investigation into Mardi Gras 2018 incident

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After a year-long investigation, State Police have arrested fifteen suspects in connection with a Mardi Gras 2018 incident known as a ride out where participants would stop up highways and ride recklessly.  Senior Trooper Melissa Matey said the investigation is very complex as many participants come from out of state.

“Over 15o individuals participated in this ride out, where they rode ATVs and dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles all over the city of New Orleans and this lasted for nearly eight hours,” said Matey.

Matey said prior to Mardi Gras 2018, State Police had come across several cases of stolen motorcycles that ended up being connected with the activity.

“A lot of those bikes were coming back to New Orleans.  We have seized many of those motorcycles, those dirt bikes, and those ATVs and the investigation is ongoing.” said Matey.

Matey said ride outs of this nature have taken place in other cities across the country, but is hopeful this investigation will keep another one from happening during this year’s Mardi Gras.

“We’re asking anybody that has information for a potential ride out for Mardi Gras 2019, to please let law enforcement know.  Also, if they see any of that activity, please call 911,” said Matey.