Traffic stop of 2 Vagos members results in rush-hour crowd along I-15

Aug 3 2012 - 11:40pm

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An officer pulled over two Vagos motorcycle riders on Interstate 15 in Kaysville for traffic violations Friday, but the other 13 Vagos riders pulled over as well, so Farmington police and Davis County sheriff’s officials arrived as backup, stalling rush-hour traffic until about 7 p.m. Two Vagos members were arrested. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Members of the Vagos motorcycle club sit in their vehicle across the interstate from where Farmington police and Davis County sheriff's officials stopped two Vagos riders along Interstate 15 in Kaysville on Friday. Rush-hour traffic backed up when the 13 other riders pulled over to wait and about 10 law enforcement officials came as backup. Two Vagos members were arrested, officials say. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
An officer pulled over two Vagos motorcycle riders on Interstate 15 in Kaysville for traffic violations Friday, but the other 13 Vagos riders pulled over as well, so Farmington police and Davis County sheriff’s officials arrived as backup, stalling rush-hour traffic until about 7 p.m. Two Vagos members were arrested. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
An officer pulled over two Vagos motorcycle riders on Interstate 15 in Kaysville for traffic violations Friday, but the other 13 Vagos riders pulled over as well, so Farmington police and Davis County sheriff’s officials arrived as backup, stalling rush-hour traffic until about 7 p.m. Two Vagos members were arrested. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Members of the Vagos motorcycle club sit in their vehicle across the interstate from where Farmington police and Davis County sheriff's officials stopped two Vagos riders along Interstate 15 in Kaysville on Friday. Rush-hour traffic backed up when the 13 other riders pulled over to wait and about 10 law enforcement officials came as backup. Two Vagos members were arrested, officials say. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
An officer pulled over two Vagos motorcycle riders on Interstate 15 in Kaysville for traffic violations Friday, but the other 13 Vagos riders pulled over as well, so Farmington police and Davis County sheriff’s officials arrived as backup, stalling rush-hour traffic until about 7 p.m. Two Vagos members were arrested. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)

KAYSVILLE -- A traffic stop involving 15 Vagos motorcycle riders and 10 officers backed up the Friday evening northbound commute on Interstate 15 for miles.

An officer noticed two of the 15 bikers committing a minor traffic violation and pulled them over, said Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen. But when he pulled over the two bikers, all of them chose to stop as a group along the side of the freeway near the 200 North exit in Kaysville.

"Because we don't get that outnumbered by that many people, they had more officers come out for safety," Poulsen said. About nine officers joined the original officer on I-15 to provide backup and investigate the traffic violations.

The officers also checked all of the bikers' information. Not all bikers are outlaws, but law enforcement likes to check on them, Poulsen said.

Two of the bikers were taken into custody, one for traffic violations and another for weapons and alcohol violations. Poulsen could not immediately elaborate on what those violations were or the identities of the bikers.

The rest of the bikers were allowed to leave, she said.

During the investigation, traffic south of the scene backed up at least a mile as the usual rush-hour traffic hit the heavy police presence, said Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Adan Carrillo.

The scene was clear and traffic was normal before 7 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Justice lists the Vagos as a motorcycle gang. On their website, the Vagos identify themselves as a motorcycle club for people to share their passion for riding.

There are hundreds of members of the club throughout the U.S. and Mexico, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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