METRO VANCOUVER -- RCMP have seized the Harleys of two full-patch Hells Angels after they allegedly raced across the Lower Mainland at speeds of up to 160 kilometres an hour.
The two men were wearing their deathhead patches Wednesday when they whipped past an unmarked police car on Highway 1 near 200th Street in Langley.
"Police were attempting to pace the bikes to determine speed but were unable to keep up with the motorcyclists as they rode side-by-side dangerously at extreme speeds from lane to lane and passing on shoulders," Sgt. Peter Thiessen said Friday.
The RCMP's Air 1 helicopter was nearby and tracked the bikers as they continued along the Trans-Canada, eventually exiting on First Avenue in Vancouver, Thiessen said.
The leather-wearing pair was stopped by Burnaby RCMP near the clubhouse of the elite Nomad Chapter of the Hells Angels on Grant Street just east of Boundary. One driver complied with police and his Harley was seized under the new excessive speed legislation. He was presented with violation tickets for excessive speed and riding in tandem.
The other driver continued to the Hells Angels clubhouse and his motorcycle was seized later on that day.
"There is considerable construction along Highway 1 and the public needs to be aware of construction site speed limits, for their own safety and the safety of those working at these sites," Thiessen said. "For those who ignore those speed limits, Air 1 continues to be a valuable tool for police in the Lower Mainland, allowing us to track drivers without putting the public at further risk."