Jackson Township police are following through with last month’s warning that anyone caught driving an off-road vehicle on unauthorized property will be prosecuted.

Police received numerous complaints about 4 a.m. July 31 regarding three ATVs riding on streets in Vinco.

Riders were reported to be performing “wheelies” before they eluded police by driving through yards and into a wooded area near Mitchell Park.

Now, police say they have located one of the riders.

Timothy Mutchock, 19, of the 100 block of Smith Road in Elmora, was questioned by police about the incident and allegedly later confessed. He has not named the other riders, police Chief Robert Fatula said.

Mutchock faces nine traffic citations. Fatula said disorderly conduct charges also may be filed.

“We want the township to know that we are going to investigate all ATV complaints the same way,” Fatula said. “(Mutchock) will lose his driver’s license as a result of this incident.”

Fatula said officers are using police-cruiser cameras to snap photos of illegal ATV riders and will do everything possible to obtain information about drivers who do not yield to police.

Fatula urges all riders to obey local and state laws, which state that ATVs may be ridden only on private property.

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