07/30/2014 08:07 EDT | Updated 09/29/2014 05:59 EDT

Motorcyclist caught doing 185 km/h faces $3,500 fine

A man from Gatineau, Que., is facing a $3,500 fine and 22 demerit points after leading police on a high-speed chase Tuesday night with only a learner's permit.

The chase began at about 10 p.m. when officers with the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais spotted a motorcyclist driving erratically along Highway 50 without license plates.

The officers started to pursue and the motorcyclist sped away, reaching a top speed of about 185 km/h, which forced officers to temporarily call off their chase for safety reasons.

Gatineau police were called in to assist. The motorcyclist then went the wrong way on a highway exit, lost control and crashed, police said.

He escaped the crash without injury and police discovered he had a learner's permit.

His licence has been suspended for seven days, and the motorcycle has been impounded for 30 days. The motorcyclist faces a $3,500 fine and 22 demerit points, as well as charges of evading police and dangerous driving, among other charges.