A suspect identified by Hanover police as having fled from them on a motorcycle twice in one day last month was arrested and charged on Thursday after he was observed operating the motorcycle in a dangerous manner.
On June 26 just after 2 p.m., a Hanover Police Service officer was assisting West Grey police with clearing a collision scene in West Grey, when a motorcycle was observed travelling westbound on County Rd. 4 at a high rate of speed, police said in a news release.
The officer attempted to stop the driver, but he fled at a high rate of speed, leading the offer to disengage and terminate the attempt to stop for public and officer safety reasons, the release said.
A short time later, another Hanover officer located the suspect stopped in traffic at the intersection of 10th Street and 17th Avenue waiting for a red light. The officer exited the cruiser in an attempt to make an arrest, but the suspect again fled through stopped traffic, failed to stop for the red light and accelerated away, putting the officer and other drivers at risk, the release said.
The police investigation identified the suspect and his motorcycle. At approximately 2 p.m. on Thursday the suspect was again observed operating the motorcycle on 10th Street in Hanover in a dangerous manner, including “popping a wheelie” in traffic, the release said.
With the assistance of West Grey police the suspect was arrested without incident at his residence within minutes, police said.
A 35-year-old West Grey man has been charged with 28 offences under the Criminal Code, Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, including three counts of dangerous driving, three counts of operating while prohibited, two counts of flight from police, four counts of failing to comply with probation, three counts of operating a motor vehicle without insurance, two counts of failing to stop for police, three counts of driving while suspended, three counts of driving without a permit, three counts of driving with no plates, three counts of using a plate not authorized for a vehicle and one count of performing a stunt.
The motorcycle was impounded until the charges are resolved. The suspect was held in custody and later released at bail court on court ordered conditions, the release said.
“The Hanover Police Service wants to remind drivers that failing to stop for police puts everyone in danger resulting in serious charges with a range of penalties including hefty fines, lifetime driving prohibitions, vehicle seizures and jail sentences,” it said in the release. “These types of investigations remain open and active and those people engaging in this dangerous behaviour will be identified, arrested and charged.”