Halton police on bicycles noticed the man riding what they thought was an electric bike and asked him to pull over.
The man on the e-bike did not stop, but instead began driving dangerously to evade them, police say, including driving on the downtown Oakville sidewalks.
Police then noticed the man's e-bike was altered — so much so that it qualified as a motor vehicle and not a bicycle.
The officers on mountain bikes did not pursue him after he sped away, for safety reasons. Police did however catch up with him once he abandoned the modified e-bike and was running away on foot.
The 46-year-old Oakville man was charged with;
- Failing to stop for a police officer.
- Operating a motor vehicle without insurance.
- Failing to properly wear a helmet.
- Operating a vehicle on a sidewalk.
- And other traffic-related offences.
The man's licence was suspended also after police allege they found evidence of alcohol consumption while he was operating the vehicle. The modified e-bike was seized and impounded, pending completion of the court process.
The accused will appear in a Milton court on Sept. 23.