While patrolling the skies above Surrey last week an RCMP helicopter spotted a motorcyclist going nearly three times the speed limit.
Around 9 p.m. on May 24 the motorcycle, a Triumph Street Triple, was spotted by the police helicopter Air 1 travelling around 200 km/h on King George Boulevard near 56 Avenue. The speed limit in the area of King George Boulevard is 70 km/h, with some areas further north at 60 km/h.
The Surrey RCMP's gang unit was active in the area and sent after the bike, according to a press release. When they tried to stop the rider at a red light he fled the scene.
However, the helicopter was still above.
"Police did not pursue the motorcycle, however, Air 1 continued to follow it to the 14900-block of 68A Avenue where it stopped," states the RCMP. "Police converged on the area and arrested a 25-year-old man for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from police."
The bike was also impounded. It's not the first time the man, a Surrey resident, has had his bike impounded; in March, West Vancouver police seized it due to excessive speed.
This time civil forfeiture is being considered, in regards to the bike.
This kind of reckless driving behavior shows a complete disregard for the safety of everyone on the road, says Surrey RCMP spokesperson Crpl. Vanessa Munn.