Speeding motorcyclist held; chased by helicopter

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A 26-year-old motorcycle rider from Markham has been charged after an officer spotted a motorcycle travelling at a high rate of speed.

He alerted the York Regional Police helicopter Air2, which followed the suspect until he ended up at a residence. The 26-year-old man has been charged with Stunt Driving, Careless Driving, Operate Motor Vehicle No Insurance, Drive Motor Vehicle Improper Licence, Red Light – Fail to Stop, Use Plate Not Authorized.

It was on Friday, June 17, 2016, shortly before 1 a.m., that an officer observed a motorcycle driving carelessly in the area of Normandale Road in the City of Markham. The officer lost sight of the motorcycle becauser of its high speed.

Air2 was called to the area and located the motorcycle speeding northbound on McCowan Road north of Major Mackenzie Drive. Air2 followed the motorcycle as it drove around Markham, proceeding through a red light at the intersection of Elgin Mills Road and Highway 48. The rider passed a police vehicle and was followed by Air2 to a residence in the area of Raymerville Drive and Cairns Drive. The rider parked the bike on the road and ran into a house. A short time later officers made contact with the rider in the residence. He was charged with numerous offences, his driver’s licence was suspended for seven days and the motorcycle impounded for seven days.

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York Regional Police has  releasing video from Air2 to illustrate the dangers of operating a motorcycle at high speeds and to remind riders of the potential charges they may face when caught by police. See above.

Excessive speed has consistently been a contributing factor in many serious and fatal collisions that occur on our roads. Drivers who travel at excessive speeds or engage in street racing, put themselves and others at risk of death or serious injury when they choose to disobey traffic laws and disregard public safety. York Regional Police is committed to enforcing traffic laws and making our roads safer.

Call 9-1-1 if you see dangerous driving practices that could cause personal injury or loss of life. When contacting police, try to note the vehicle’s location, direction of travel, make, model, licence plate number and driver’s description. – CINEWS

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