ATV rider trips and drops gun as he flees, Reading police say

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May 12 – A man illegally riding an ATV on a street in south-east Reading was arrested Thursday afternoon after jumping from the vehicle and running from police before tripping and dropping a gun, police said.

Lazhon L. Boyce-Hill, 21, of the 200 block of South Sixth Street struggled with police before being taken into custody at the 400 block of Chapel Terrace.

He was held at the Berks County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail pending a post-trial hearing Thursday night before District Judge Alvin B. Robinson in Reading Central Court.

Boyce-Hill is charged with possession of a gun when prohibited, resisting arrest, evading arrest on foot, and operating an unregistered vehicle and driving the wrong way.

According to the police:

Three officers sat in an unmarked patrol SUV shortly after 5 p.m. as part of a detail targeting illegal dirt bike and ATV riding on streets and sidewalks. They were heading east on the 100 block of Muhlenberg Street when they saw a man later identified as Boyce-Hill coming toward them on an ATV in the wrong direction.

They turned on their emergency lights and siren, and the ATV pulled up in front of the patrol vehicle. The rider jumped off and ran east.

An officer ran after him. The officer saw Boyce-Hill reach into his waistband with his right hand. As Boyce-Hill approached the Chapel Terrace intersection, the officer saw him remove a pistol from his waistband. Around the same time, Boyce-Hill tripped and dropped the gun in the street.

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