Po­lice look­ing for large group of ag­gres­sive mo­tor­cy­clists

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS TORONTO —

On­tario pro­vin­cial po­lice say they have re­ceived a num­ber of tips as they work to track down a large group of mo­tor­cy­clists who caused “ma­jor traf­fic dis­rup­tions” on Toronto-area high­ways last Sun­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have is­sued an ap­peal to any­one with dash cam videos or pho­to­graphs of the mo­tor­cy­clists to turn them over and also urged the mo­tor­cy­clist to get a lawyer and con­tact po­lice. No ar­rests have been made so far, said Sgt. Kerry Sch­midt.

Po­lice said they re­ceived com­plaints last Sun­day about dozens of rid­ers driv­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner across all lanes and com­ing to a full stop to per­form var­i­ous stunts and wheel­ies be­tween 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Sch­midt said the group was seen on all ma­jor high­ways in the Toronto area, in­clud­ing the 401, 403, 409, Queen Elizabeth Way, Gar­diner Ex­press­way and Don Val­ley Park­way.

“Not only were they across all lanes of traf­fic, driv­ing on the shoul­ders, they ac­tu­ally came to a dead stop on the high­ways,” Sch­midt said in a video posted on so­cial me­dia on Wed­nes­day.

He said com­ing to a full stop was “in­cred­i­bly dan­ger­ous” for driv­ers and do­ing so in­ten­tion­ally was “on the verge of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.”

Sch­midt also said that of­fi­cers were re­buffed when they tried to pull over rid­ers on the 401.

“That of­fi­cer was swarmed by rid­ers. They all flip­pantly took off from the of­fi­cer at high rates of speed,” he said.

“These guys may think they’re show­ing how pow­er­ful they are by hid­ing in a group, but this is some­thing that is se­ri­ous and could re­sult in se­ri­ous con­se­quences.”

Pro­vin­cial po­lice laid charges in March fol­low­ing sim­i­lar in­ci­dents in 2016. A man died on July 23, 2016, when he col­lided with a trans­port truck as a group of mo­tor­cy­clists trav­el­ling to­gether on High­way 401 slowed traf­fic while per­form­ing stunts.

A group of mo­tor­cy­clists also slowed traf­fic and per­formed stunts on High­way 427 on Sept. 22, 2016.

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