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Yeah, Lots Of Electric Bicycles Can Outrun Police Cars

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Running away from a problem rarely works.  This is especially true if your problem is a police car chasing you, and you are on an electric bicycle!  As reported by The Hamilton Spectator (Ontario):

At around 11:45 p.m. Halton police officers, patrolling on bicycles, saw a man on an E-bike in the area of Kerr Street and Lakeshore Road West who they allege was not wearing the required helmet.

When you are doing something illegal (see below), why would you draw attention to yourself by breaking such an obvious law like a helmet law?

When the officers called on the man to stop he allegedly refused and began driving through traffic lights and stop signs.

That must have been an easy collar, right? Well, not exactly.

Due to public safety police broke off their pursuit, however, a short time later the suspect discarded the E-bike, just north of Speers Road and fled on foot, police said.

Say what? This is a bit of a head-scratcher. It’s not like they were chasing a car going 100 mph.  Not to worry though.

A man was ultimately located and arrested.

Whew. And as for the other illegal things …

Officers noted the E-bike had been modified, so that it is was no longer classified as an E-bike, but rather a motor vehicle.

Kevin Howland, 46, of Oakville has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for a police officer, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, failing to properly wear a helmet, and operating a vehicle on a sidewalk amongst other traffic related offences.

Police said the man’s licence was also suspended and the E-bike has been seized and impounded, pending completion of the court process.

Doh! You’ll find the source here.


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