Teenager on dirtbike speed through park, across Highway 119 and crashes near airport

A teenager ended up with two broken bones after riding through the lawn at Veterans Memorial Park right in front of Taft's Chief of Police Ed Whiting and the chief thinks that's punishment enough.

But his big brother could face charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for giving the bike to the teen at the park.

Chief of Police had just pulled into the Civic Center parking lot for Tuesday night's Taft City Council meeting when he saw the 20 year old speed through the parking lot and into the park on a dirt bike.

As Whiting walked over to contact him, he handed the bike over to his 16-year-old brother who put on a helmet "and drove through the park at a high rate of speed," Whiting said.

The teen rode across Highway 119 to Airport road, then turned into the dirt next to the Taft Airport.

He didn't get very far before he wrecked the bike, suffering a compound fracture of the wrist and a broken collarbone in the process.
The boy was taken home and his mother notified, Whiting said, then an ambulance was called to transport him to Mercy Southwest Hospital for treatment.

Police don't plan to prosecute him

"At this point we believe the youth was technically liable for a criminal act, but he is paying his own price," Whiting said.

But police will forward a report to the Kern County District Attorney and the 20-year-old could be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Whiting said.