Man charged with child abuse after ATV crash

Man charged with child abuse after ATV crash

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police got a call on Mother’s Day about several ATV’s, dirt bikes and side by sides driving recklessly downtown and obstructing traffic.

Surveillance video from a business on Union captured the Polaris RZR driving eastbound on Union at a high rate of speed.

Officers were westbound on Union and made a U-turn where they saw the Polaris attempt a turn on Marshall but flipped, and crash into a Domino’s sign.

The driver, Eddie Banks, had his fiancee’s 13-year-old son in the Polaris with him.

Banks was charged with several crimes including reckless driving and child abuse and neglect.

Police say Banks and the teenager were not wearing seat belts that come in a Polaris or the required helmets.

Banks, who did not want to talk on camera, says they were wearing seat belts.

Police say the Polaris RZR was not street legal, neither are ATV’s or dirt bikes.

Kevin Pankey at Polaris of Memphis says off road vehicles are designed to be off road.

“It’s for fun, extreme trail riding, hills jumps going through the mud,” Pankey said.

Pankey says customers are told about the rules and offered a free course after they buy a Polaris, but in recent years the off road vehicles have become problems on the streets of many cities.

In Nashville in March, more than 100 off road vehicles took over Broadway Street on a Saturday. One police officer was hit and dragged by an ATV rider. The officer received minor injuries.

Last year In Memphis, extra officers were assigned to patrol Tom Lee Park after complaints of people riding ATV’s through the park doing donuts and tearing up the area as well as driving on roads.

Two women were arrested last year after they were spotted driving ATV’s recklessly on Danny Thomas.

Eddie Banks and his nephew had minor injuries from the crash.

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