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Dirt bike ride through Price Chopper leads to arrest

September 18, 2018 05:22 PM

SCHENECTADY - Navigating grocery store isles can be tricky, but it's a lot harder when a man decides to ride his dirt bike through checkout. That's what happened at a Price Chopper in Schenectady earlier this month.

The rider, Traitin Knight, 23, is charged with reckless endangerment and possession of stolen property.

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Schenectady Police said he used a GoPro to document the incident and then posted it on YouTube.

"Not something that's a safe or smart move really,” Schenectady Police spokesman Sergeant Matthew Dearing said.

Dearing said Knight made it easy for investigators to find him after he posted the video on social media.

In the video Knight is seen going in the entrance on the right side of the store, he does a lap around the checkout aisles and exits the store on the other side.

“I mean it’s a very dangerous situation not only for the individual on the dirt bike itself obviously but for everybody else in the store,” Dearing said. “It was still a time in the store was fairly heavily populated with people, customers to do something like that puts a lot of people in some danger.”

NewsChannel 13 asked Knight about the charges after he was released from Schenectady County Jail on Tuesday.

“Subscribe to my YouTube channel make sure you like my videos and yeah that's it,” Knight said.

A reporter asked Knight about his actions potentially injuring or killing somebody. He and his friends responded by shouting “nobody died” repeatedly.

When he got into a family member's car NewsChannel 13 asked Knight if he had done something like this before. He said no.

“First video, no one ever gets hurt in my videos.” Knight said. “It’s all for laughs, fun, positivity, that’s it.”

But Knight has posted several other videos with other people on dirt bikes and ATV’s, driving down the streets of Albany, stopping traffic and passing people in oncoming lanes.

Just two days ago Knight posted a video of himself in a sling at the hospital. He said he was hit by a car.

It's unclear if these videos are part of the Albany Police Department's ongoing investigation into dirt bikes on city streets.  Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins told NewsChannel 13 last week he was unaware of this problem before taking over earlier this month. Hawkins said the department will be developing a proactive plan to start getting these vehicles off the streets.

Police in Schenectady said their investigation isn't over either.

"Trying to track down everyone that may have been in the store, talk to them see what they saw, how close they actually were as he came riding through and come to build the case a little further,” Dearing said.

Mona Golub, Vice-President of Public Relations and Consume Services for Price Chopper/Market 32 said she's concerned about the video. Though no one was hurt this time, she's worried that the popularity it’s receiving may lead someone to do something similar.

Police in Albany and Schenectady said they are still investigating this case. Schenectady Police are asking anyone who may have been at Price Chopper on Eastern Ave. on Sept. 1 around 9:30 p.m. to give them a call.

Albany residents concerned about illegal dirtbikes and ATVs zooming down streets

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Emily Burkhard

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