Two motorcycle drivers were caught on film by Air 1 yesterday afternoon at speeds up to 200 km/hour. The film shows one or both drivers running multiple red lights, passing on double lines, shoulders and exit lanes, nearly colliding with oncoming traffic, and doing in excess of 120 km/hour through a school zone during school hours. One of the motorcycles had a passenger on the back.
The Lower Mainland Traffic Safety Helicopter Air 1 followed two motorcycles from Coquitlam to North Vancouver, where one driver obeyed police commands to pull over. The other driver ignored police commands and was followed by Air 1 through North Vancouver, Vancouver and Burnaby before he eventually crashed and was arrested by police.
Coquitlam RCMP originally spotted one of the two motorcycle drivers “stunting” and did not pursue, but called in a description of the vehicles.
Air 1 identified the motorcycles on the Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, weaving in and out of traffic and passing on the shoulder at extremely high speed. Both motorcycles then proceeded through the red light onto the entry to Highway 1, at approximately 120 km/hour.
“Along Highway 1 in Burnaby both motorcycles were literally passing cars like they were standing still,” said Sergeant Peter Thiessen, spokesperson for the RCMP Lower Mainland District Regional Police Service.
RCMP’s Port Mann Traffic Services attempted to pull over both motorcycles near the Dollarton exit in North Vancouver. Both vehicles initially obeyed police commands to stop, but one driver immediately left again, at a high rate of speed.
Air 1 continued to track the motorcycle driver who fled as the driver proceeded east on Dollarton Highway, passing vehicles over the double solid lines and nearly colliding with oncoming traffic. The driver turned around, and then drove past the location of the original traffic stop attempt where the Port Mann Traffic police officer and driver of the first motorcycle, with its passenger, were still pulled over.
“The driver continued on, splitting lanes and passing unsafely. At Mt. Highway the suspect vehicle did a u-turn against a red light and then proceeded onto the Ironworker’s Memorial Bridge,” said Sgt. Thiessen.
The motorcycle driver exited Hwy. 1 east onto Rupert Street, heading south at extremely high speeds, estimated in excess of 140 km/hour. The driver traveled through a red light at Broadway, passing vehicles dangerously, and near Grandview Highway went through a school zone in the bike lane at an estimated speed in excess of 120 km/hour, while during school hours.
“Upon reaching Kingsway the suspect vehicle went through the red light and traveled east in the westbound lanes for about 100 metres,” nearly hitting oncoming traffic,” said Sgt. Thiessen. “The driver then narrowly missed pedestrians at Joyce St.”
The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed it near Imperial Blvd in Burnaby.
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