Mo­tor­cy­clist with pas­sen­ger clocked at 170 km/h on QEW

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Local - BILL SAWCHUK

Com­plaints from the mo­tor­ing pub­lic helped the po­lice take two speed­ing St. Catharines mo­tor­cy­cle riders off the road Tues­day night.

Po­lice re­ceived re­ports about two mo­tor­cy­cles, an or­ange 2005 Suzuki and a green 2008 Kawasaki, trav­el­ling at high rates of speed and weav­ing in and out of traf­fic on the Ni­a­gara-bound QEW.

Of­fi­cers from the Ni­a­gara de­tach­ment of the OPP were even­tu­ally able to stop the mo­tor­cy­cles when traf­fic slowed down at the Lake Street off-ramp in St. Catharines at about 11:30 p.m.

One of­fi­cer clocked the bikes trav­el­ling at 170 km/h, said Const. Rob Knight of the OPP.

“It is some­times chal­leng­ing for us to get the bikes stopped, iden­ti­fied and charged be­cause of the safety is­sues,” Knight said. “They are very fast and ma­noeu­vrable.

The first rider, Gre­gory Eitze, 39, was charged with stunt driv­ing. The sec­ond rider, who was car­ry­ing a fe­male pas­sen­ger, was stopped shortly after the first one. He re­ceived mi­nor in­juries dur­ing the ar­rest, which he re­sisted. He was taken to St. Catharines hos­pi­tal where he was as­sessed with mi­nor in­juries. The of­fi­cer wasn’t in­jured in the as­sault.

Adam Chat­away, 40, was charged with stunt driv­ing, as­sault with in­tent to re­sist ar­rest, im­paired op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, driv­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle with more than 80 mil­ligrams of al­co­hol per 100 millil­itres of blood, and driv­ing with an im­proper li­cence.

Po­lice im­pounded both mo­tor­cy­cles for seven days on the stunt driv­ing charge. Po­lice sus­pended Eitze’s li­cence for seven days on the stunt driv­ing charge.

The OPP sus­pended Chat­away’s li­cence for 90 days on the al­co­hol charge.

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