So, which two of you jokers thought you could run from a helicopter?
The fast and the furious: RCMP's Air1 tracks two motorcycles throughout Metro Vancouver
By Staff reporter, The Province October 14, 2010 2:05 PM
It was like a scene from a movie as two high-flying motorcycle drivers travelling at up to 200km/h throughout much of the Metro Vancouver area were finally stopped Wednesday after being tracked by the RCMP's Air 1 helicopter.
RCMP say the video footage shows one or both drivers running multiple red lights, passing on double lines, shoulders and exit lanes, and nearly colliding with oncoming traffic and pedestrians. One of the motorcycles had a passenger on the back.
The helicopter followed the drivers from Coquitlam to North Vancouver, where one driver was pulled 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.
The speedsters first caught the attention of Coquitlam RCMP, who called it in.
“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.
Both vehicles initially obeyed police commands to stop near the Dollarton exit in North Vancouver, but one driver immediately took off.
“The driver continued on, splitting lanes and passing unsafely. At Mountain Highway the suspect did a U-turn against a red light and then proceeded onto the Ironworker’s Memorial Bridge,” said Thiessen.
The motorcycle driver exited Hwy. 1 east onto Rupert Street travelling in excess of 140 km/hour.
The driver reached Kingsway, ran a red light and travelled east, narrowly missing pedestrians at Joyce Street before losing control and crashing near Imperial Boulevard in Burnaby.
Police are reviewing evidence and are considering recommending charges of dangerous driving for both motorcycle drivers, and flight for the second driver who fled from the police vehicle stop. Both motorcycles were impounded for seven days under the new Motor Vehicle Act laws for excessive speed.
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