RCMP issued tickets and fines to the driver of a motorcycle who fled from police in West Kelowna on Tuesday.
An RCMP officer on patrol in the Shannon Lake Rd. and Tallus Ridge Rd. area of West Kelowna on Tuesday spotted a black and blue Honda CBR 1000 with expired insurance.
When the officer attempted to pull the motorcycle driver over the biker looked back and accelerated from the posted speed limit of 50 km/h to over 100 km/h speeding through a residential area. The officer disengaged, turned off his emergency equipment and pulled to the curb because of public safety concerns and concern for the safety of the rider.
The chase didn't end there though. The officer tracked the address of the registered owner of the bike and went to the home. On arrival, the officer spotted a Ford Escape leaving the residence.
When the officer stopped the vehicle, the driver was identified as the wife of the owner of the motorcycle and she confirmed she was on her way to pick up her husband.
The officer found the motorcycle parked and determined that the rider had run away from the scene. The officer managed to find the owner and determined that it was in fact him on the motorcycle and he admitted to driving the bike and fleeing the scene.
The biker was issued several tickets under the BC Motor Vehicle Act including; Excessive Speed - No Insurance - Fail to Stop for police and the motorcycle was impounded for seven days.
“Riding a motorcycle or any other motor vehicle at high speeds in a residential neighbourhood is not only dangerous to the operator, but to the public. If caught, you will lose your vehicle and certainly be fined, it’s not worth the risk” said Const. Mike Della-Paolera RCMP spokesperson.