York Regional Police seeking public assistance to identify motorcycle rider in Markham

Investigators with the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigation Bureau are seeking public assistance to identify the rider of a motorcycle that intentionally evaded police in the City of Markham.

On Friday, July 31, 2015, shortly after 8:20 p.m., an officer was parked on Warden Avenue close to Cachet Parkway when he observed a motorcycle travelling at a high rate of speed. As the motorcycle approached, it was measured travelling in excess of 180 km/h in a posted 60 km/h zone. The officer activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the motorcycle. It is believed that the rider saw the police cruiser, made a U-turn through a red light and sped away from the area. Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance for any information that may lead to the identity of the rider.

A video clip of the motorcycle is available for download at: http://youtu.be/JadgIKbcL7k

Over the Civic holiday long weekend officers charged 18 drivers with Impaired Driving, four drivers with Dangerous Driving and two drivers with Stunt Driving. In one of the incidents a BMW Z3 was observed on Bloomington Avenue in the area of Lakeview Avenue in the town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, travelling over 165 km/h in a posted 60 km/h zone. The driver, a 27-year-old from the Town of Richmond Hill was charged with Stunt Driving and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Excessive speed has consistently been the greatest contributing factor in many fatal collisions that have occurred on York Region roads. Call 9-1-1 if you see dangerous driving practices that could cause personal injury or loss of life. When contacting police, try to note the vehicle’s location, direction of travel, make, model, licence plate number and driver’s description.

Street racing is dangerous, unlawful and puts innocent people at risk of injury or death. The real finish line may be court, fines, jail, vehicle seizure, a loss of driving privileges, or even worse, the hospital or the morgue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.comor text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.

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