Arrests over hoon meets, unregistered dirt bike riding


By Molly Magennis

Police have charged two men this week over illegal hoon meets and unregistered dirt bike riding in Melbourne’s north.

The arrests are part of Operation Achilles, a state-wide operation aimed at illegal hoon driving across the state.

A 24-year-old man was arrested following an investigation into several illegal hoon meets across Epping and Thomastown.

The man was charged with reckless conduct endangering others, driving in a dangerous manner and improper use of a motor vehicle. He was bailed but will appear at the Heidelberg Magistrates Court on March 15 next year.

On Wednesday, police also arrested a 20-year-old man as part of an investigation into unregistered bike riding in Hume.

In a statement, Operation Achilles acting senior sergeant Dean Pickering said that the operation remains very active and that police will continue to take a stance on high risk driving offenders.

“The easing of Victoria’s coronavirus restrictions are not an invitation to attend and participate in illegal hoon driving – the community can be assured we will have a strong and visible presence to deter this activity,” he said.

“Where arrests are not made on the spot, police are continuing to thoroughly investigate in the aftermath of the event to ensure offenders are identified and charged where appropriate.”

Anyone with information on the illegal hoon meets are urged to report this to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at