Able to out-navigate other vehicles on rutted roads, it was decided that the police chief would allot motorcycles to some of her staff.
A. it was decided that the motorcycle would by the police chief to allot motorcycles to some of her staff.
B. the decision of the police chief was to allot to some of her staff motorcycles
C. the police chief decided to allot to her staff motorcycles
D. some of her staff was allotted motorcycles by the police chief
E. motorcycles were allotted to some of the staff by the police chief.
The best answer is E. Grammatically, the participial phrase beginning with able to must modify the subject of the main clause. The word motorcycles has to follow the comma to become the subject of that clause.