A Tustin Police officer spotted a suspect riding a pocket bike on a street. State traffic laws prohibit operation of such a pocket bike on the street so the officer pursued the suspect attempted to stop the operator and he sped off.
A vehicle pursuit ensued, terminating in the City of Santa Ana. The operator was taken into custody.
Pocketbikes are small, two wheeled recreational vehicles approximately one-quarter the size of a regular motorcycles, and are powered by two-stroke internal combustion engines of between 40 and 50 cc, according to Wikipedia.
Pocket bikes are permitted on private property only, according to the CHP.
Ca. Veh. Code § 21720 states that “A pocket bike shall not be operated on a sidewalk, roadway, or any other part of a highway, or on a bikeway, bicycle path or trail, equestrian trail, hiking or recreational trail, or on public lands open to off-highway motor vehicle use.”