Police: Trespassers confront trail walker

BEREA, Ky. (WKYT) - The Berea College Public Safety Department says around 8:30 Wednesday night, an employee was walking a dog on the cross country trail when he noticed three young men on dirt bikes.

"Occasionally we get calls about people riding those things on private property, which you can't do unless you have permission from the property owner," said Sgt. Jake Reed of the Berea Police Department.

That trail is for foot traffic only. Police say the employee tried to take a picture of the riders. That's when they say one of the riders got confrontational.

"Ended up being a minor altercation. There was some minor physical contact between the victim and one of these people," Reed said.

They say the riders then left. Police said the employee wasn't hurt.

"It could have been a lot worse. There were no injuries, nothing like that. It was a very minor altercation, but this is not an appropriate response to somebody telling you that you shouldn't be somewhere," Reed said.

The Berea College Public Safety Department said the best way to deal with situations like this is to simply report the information to them and not try to engage the people.

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