Published on Jul 11, 2012 by ctvvi
ESQUIMALT - Saanich Police officers entered an Esquimalt apartment building looking for Randy Scott Wednesday morning. The man they say is responsible for a wild, reckless joyride posted on Youtube in April.
In the video, a motorcyclist on a Yamaha sport bike weaves through thick traffic on the Trans Canada Highway leaving Victoria, at speeds approaching 300km/h. The video has attracted a worldwide audience. "It's the attraction of idiotic behavior. It's very popular. But I don't think anyone with half a brain wants to emulate what this fella has done" says Chris Foord, Chair of the CRD Traffic Safety Commission.
Police matched up the bike in the video with a bike owned by Scott's mother, and seized it. She was fined thousands of dollars. But Saanich investigators couldn't prove who was riding it. Now- Randy Scott has been charged with dangerous driving.
Saanich Police say Scott is now being charged largely because of what they've heard from three key witnesses who have come forward. Police aren't getting specific about who these people are, but say they could be people who know Scott or have spoken to him, or they could've been in one of the estimated seventy cars the motorcycle sped past that day in April. "We've gotten a lot of response...this young officer's voicemail was full and it kept filling up day after day - and it took him a long period of time to really sort of glean through these and find the best witnesses" says Saanich Police Sgt. Dean Jantzen.
That brings us back to Wednesday morning, and the warrant for Scott's arrest. He wasn't home and police believe he may be out of town. No one answered the door for CTV News a few hours later, and Scott's landlord tells us she hasn't seen him for a month.
This video was posted back in April on youtube.
If it was Scott blasting up the highway, police say he driving without a valid license, and has more than 20 prior convictions in traffic court. Traffic safety advocates say whoever it was that put the lives of hundreds of people at risk needs to be held accountable. "You have to question the right of that person to ever hold a driver's license" says Foord.
If you've seen Randy Scott you're asked to contact Saanich Police. Investigators are advising Scott to turn himself in.
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Tags: CTV News, Vancouver Island, motorcycle, speeding, 185mph, 299kph, Vancouver, highway, joyride, joyrider, Andrew Johnson, Saanich Police, Sgt Dean Jantzen
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