A Rhode Island man was caught illegally operating an ATV, police say, when he crashed into a cement potted plant on a sidewalk after hollering to police, “you’ll never catch me or stop me.” (Photo: Providence Police Department)
A Rhode Island man was caught illegally operating an ATV, police say, when he crashed into a cement potted plant on a sidewalk after hollering to police, “you’ll never catch me or stop me.” (Photo: Providence Police Department)

Marauding ATV drivers — about a dozen of them — were terrorizing the streets of Providence, R.I., Wednesday night, police said. Until a potted plant stopped one of them.

The 10 to 15 drivers riding recreational vehicles were illegally on city streets, weaving in and out of traffic, speeding and moving recklessly, police said. They forced cars to stop abruptly. They blew through red lights, leaving police in the dust, the Herald reports.

One of the ATV drivers, 25-year-old Ruddy Rodriguez, even pulled up right next to the officers and laughed at them, police said. “You’ll never catch me or stop me!” Rodriguez shouted, according to police. But that’s where Rodriguez was wrong, police said.

After Rodriguez sped away from the police he had just taunted, he flew through a red light and drove onto the sidewalk, forcing pedestrians in his path to flee, police said. Then he slammed into a cement planter.

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