ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Police Chief Sam Dotson says his officers will work in conjunction with St. Louis County officers and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers to combat possible reckless behavior during the "Ride of the Century 2013" this weekend.
The motorcycle ride draws up to 3,000 bikers to the area. Chief Dotson says motorcyclists without proper registration, insurance, or who participate in any other violations will be arrested and their vehicle will be towed.
The Missouri Department of Transportation will also work with the agencies in an effort to keep riders and the public safe.
Chief Dotson says motorcyclists are welcome in the city, but they must obey the laws.
Overnight, several bikers were arrested and their 'cycles towed.
Police say they responded to information that motorcyclists in the city were planning to stunt ride.
Schron Jackson, a spokesperson for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, says officers say they saw around 40 bikers driving recklessly before seeing them "performing stunts, violating electric signals, driving on sidewalks, and driving on the wrong side of the road putting the public and other drivers at risk."
Jackson says several bikers did not obey officers who tried to stop the group near I-70 and Salisbury. She says 23 people were arrested for careless and reckless driving, and 24 motorcycles were towed. One person ran from the scene.