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Motorcyclist takes B.C. police for 1.5-hour high-speed ride

08/10/2012 12:57 EDT | Updated 10/10/2012 05:12 EDT
RCMP in Burnaby are recommending charges of dangerous driving and criminal flight from police for a 29-year-old Port Coquitlam, B.C., man who led police on a 1.5-hour high-speed pursuit through the Lower Mainland on Thursday.

According to Burnaby RCMP, the chase began at about 5:30 p.m. PT when officers in the RCMP Air One helicopter began following a motorcycle that was going at an excessive speed while crossing the Pitt River Bridge into Port Coquitlam.

Burnaby RCMP used the helicopter to track the motorcycle as it went above 150 kilometre an hour on the Lougheed Highway, and in excess of 200 km/h on Highway 1.

Cpl. Ryan Schlecker said the driver of the motorcycle was evading police, and that police cars backed off of the ground chase out of concern for the public's safety.

The helicopter unit tracked the motorcycle instead, through parts of Coquitlam, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, and Vancouver.

After about an hour and a half, the motorcycle rider was back in Burnaby, and pulled into the underground parking lot at Metropolis at Metrotown Mall.

When police officers arrived, Schlecker said they saw the man and a female driver speed away in a black SUV.

Police stopped the SUV blocks away, at Kingsway and Olive Avenue, and arrested both the man and woman.

Police said no one was injured, and the driver of the SUV is not facing charges.

A 2012 black Ducati motorcycle was seized from the mall parking lot, and a 2006 Range Rover SUV was towed off Kingsway after the arrests.

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